Megyn Kelly made quite a splash during the 2016 presidential campaign, most of it not by her own choice. At the time, Republican candidate Donald Trump made her a part of the headline with a continuous feud sparked by the then-Fox News anchor's coverage of him.
By the beginning of 2017, Kelly was making a big move to NBC News, where she was given a heavy presence on the network. Sunday Night with Megyn Kelly premieres June 4, and she is going to have to find a voice beyond her conservative fan-base.
Before her show debuts, learn a few surprising facts about Megan Kelly.
Like many political reporters, Kelly’s foundation is in law. After getting her undergraduate degree in political science at Syracuse University, she went to Albany Law School. She went on to become a corporate litigator for Jones Day before she made the leap to broadcast journalism.
In her 30s, Kelly was ready for something different that would not only utilize her law skills, but would challenge her on a daily basis. She became a general assignment reporter — under the name Megyn Kendall from her first marriage — for WJLA in Washington, D.C., where her star began to rise. In fact, it was former ABC News reporter and chief White House correspondent Brit Hume who helped her get a meeting with former Fox News chairman Roger Ailes.
It was Roger Ailes who also sexually harassed Kelly on the job according to her New York Times best-selling memoir Settle for More. She wrote that the harassment began in 2005 when Ailes claimed he would help her career “in exchange for sexual favors.”
The harassment escalated when he tried to kiss her months later. She allegedly shoved him away and reported him to her supervisor. The harassment stopped and Ailes denied any wrongdoing. He recently died at the age of 77.
Kelly prides herself on raising her three children — Yardley, Thatcher and Edward — with husband, novelist Doug Brunt, while working hard as a journalist. Part of her decision to leave Fox News was driven by her desire to be home for her kids after school and in the early evenings.
Not only does Kelly take guitar lessons, she’s talked a lot about music playing an important role in her life. She’s been seen hanging with musicians like Richie Sambora and attending Broadway musicals like School of Rock. Maybe she will play a tune on her new show?
Just because her work wardrobe usually involves a sheath dress, don’t ever think Kelly isn’t interested in fashion. She was invited to the Met Gala two years in a row and stepped out in a very fashionable Badgley Mischka dress in 2016 and in Altuzarra this year.
If you follow Kelly’s social media accounts, you will see she has a sense of humor too. She’s a tough interviewer, but she can also take it down for a laugh.
I bet you didn’t know Kelly had a twin out there. It’s Seven of Nine from Star Trek: Voyager played by Jeri Ryan. You see the resemblance, don’t you?
.DougBrunt: "why do you bring this stuff out every night?" Me: "it's good! It cld be worse." Him: "could be Fat Pop." pic.twitter.com/n0Pfg1SZ3j— Megyn Kelly (@megynkelly) December 29, 2016
Kelly loves a good snack and she’s often seen cracking out the Skinny Pop. That’s a girl who knows how to party!
She also admitted her schedule keeps her from working out a lot, so that's why she's a smart snacker.
"Some things are worth the fat and calories, although I have to watch it like a hawk," Kelly said to People magazine in 2012. "I used to be able to work out, but these days there is literally no time."
Kelly sat next to Ripa during that yearlong co-host search on Live with Kelly. While she never seemed like a serious candidate in comparison to the men who auditioned, it was a great platform for Kelly to promote her new book.
The women will now go head-to-head in the fall in the 9 a.m. time slot once Kelly's Today Show appearances begin. Will Ryan Seacrest be enough to keep the viewers from straying to NBC?
Variety honored Kelly at their annual Power of Women event in 2016. She was surrounded by other intelligent, hard-working and thoughtful women who are making their marks in their respected industries. She was in good company, because Misty Copeland, Julianne Moore and Vera Wang were also honored that year.
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