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Megyn Kelly

American journalist

Megyn Marie Kelly (; born November 18, 1970)[1] is an American journalist, attorney, political commentator, talk show host, and television news anchor. She was a talk show host at Fox News from 2004 to 2017 and a host and correspondent with NBC News from 2017 to 2018. She currently produces a podcast, The Megyn Kelly Show, and is active in posting to her Instagram page and YouTube channel.[2]

During her time at Fox News, Kelly hosted America Live and, before that, co-hosted America's Newsroom with Bill Hemmer. From 2007 to 2012, the two reporters hosted Fox News Channel's New Year's Eve specials. Kelly also hosted The Kelly File from October 2013 to January 2017. In 2014, she was included in the TIME list of the 100 most influential people.[3] Kelly left Fox News in January 2017 and joined NBC News. She started hosting the third hour of the morning showToday with her program titled Megyn Kelly Today in September 2017. The show was cancelled in October 2018 after a segment discussing blackface, and she left the network in January 2019.

Early life[edit]

Kelly was born in Champaign, Illinois,[4][5] to Edward Kelly (1940–1985), who taught at the State University of New York at Albany, and Linda (née DeMaio), a homemaker.[6] She is of Italian and German descent on her mother's side and Irish descent on her father's.[6] She was raised Catholic.[7] Her father died of a heart attack when she was 15 years old.[8]

Kelly attended Tecumseh Elementary School in suburban Syracuse, New York. When she was 9, her family moved to Delmar, New York, a suburb of Albany,[9][5] where she attended Bethlehem Central High School.[10] She obtained an undergraduate degree in political science from the Maxwell School of Citizenship and Public Affairs at Syracuse University in 1992[6] and earned a J.D. from Albany Law School in 1995.[11]

Kelly was an associate in the Chicago office of law firm Bickel & Brewer LLP. In fall 1996, she co-wrote an article, Litigation, "The Conflicting Roles of Lawyer as Director", for the American Bar Association's journal.[12] She later worked at Jones Day for nine years, where one of her clients was the credit bureauExperian.[13]

Television career[edit]

Early career[edit]

In 2003, Kelly moved to Washington, D.C., where she was hired by the ABC affiliate WJLA-TV as a general assignment reporter.[8] She covered national and local events, including live coverage of the confirmation hearings for U.S. Supreme Court Justice Samuel Alito and Chief Justice John G. Roberts, the retirement of Justice Sandra Day O'Connor, the death of Chief Justice William Rehnquist, and the 2004 presidential election.[14]CNN president Jonathan Klein later said he regretted not hiring Kelly as a reporter at the beginning of her career, as she was "the one talent you'd want to have from somewhere else".[15]

2004–2017: Fox News[edit]

In 2004, Kelly applied for a job at Fox News.[14] She contributed legal segments for Special Report with Brit Hume and hosted her own legal segment, Kelly's Court, during Weekend Live. She appeared in a weekly segment on The O'Reilly Factor and occasionally filled in for Greta Van Susteren on On the Record, where most of her reporting focused on legal and political matters. She occasionally contributed as an anchor, but more often as a substitute anchor on weekends.[16] On February 1, 2010, Kelly began hosting her own two-hour afternoon show, America Live, which replaced The Live Desk.[17][18] She was a guest panelist on Fox News' late-night satire program Red Eye w/ Greg Gutfeld. In 2010, viewership for America Live increased by 20%, averaging 1,293,000 viewers, and increased by 4% in the 25–54 age demographic, averaging 268,000 viewers.[19] In December 2010, Kelly hosted a New Year's Eve special with Bill Hemmer.[20]

Kelly received media attention for her coverage of the results of the 2012 United States presidential election. On November 6, 2012 (the night of the election), Fox News' decision desk projected that Obama would win a second term after part of the results had been released. In response to Karl Rove's opposition to this projection, Kelly walked backstage to the decision desk on camera and spoke with them; she also asked Rove, "Is this just math that you do as a Republican to make yourself feel better? Or is this real?"[21][22][23][24]

Kelly left America Live in July 2013 and took maternity leave. On October 7, 2013, she began hosting a new nightly program, The Kelly File.[25][26]The Kelly File was occasionally the channel's ratings leader, topping The O'Reilly Factor.[27][28]

In December 2013, Kelly commented on a Slate article on The Kelly File: "For all you kids watching at home, Santa just is white, but this person is just arguing that maybe we should also have a black Santa," adding, "But Santa is what he is, and just so you know, we're just debating this because someone wrote about it." Kelly also said that Jesus was a white man later in the segment.[29] Soon after, Jon Stewart,[30]Stephen Colbert,[31]Rachel Maddow,[32]Josh Barro,[33] and others satirized her remarks.[34] Two days later, she said on the air that her original comments were "tongue-in-cheek",[35][36][37][38][39] and that the skin color of Jesus is "far from settled".[40]

In June 2015, Kelly interviewed Jim Bob Duggar and Michelle Duggar of 19 Kids and Counting regarding their son Josh Duggar's alleged molestation of five girls in 2002. She later interviewed two of their daughters, Jill and Jessa. This show's Nielsen national estimates ratings of 3.09 million viewers, above its average 2.11 million, ranked with the 3.2 million for the Malaysia Airlines Flight 17 shootdown coverage and 7.3 million for the Ferguson riots coverage.[41]

In the Republican Party presidential debate on August 6, 2015, Kelly asked then-presidential candidate Donald Trump whether a man of his temperament ought to be elected president, noting that he has called various women insulting names in the past.[42] Kelly's moderating generated a range of media and political reactions and her professionalism was criticized by Trump.[43][44][45][46] Kelly responded to Trump's criticism by saying she would not "apologize for doing good journalism".[47] Trump declined to attend the Iowa January 28 debate that she moderated.[48] After the debate and off-camera, Ted Cruz said that Kelly had referred to Trump off-camera as "Voldemort", though Fox News denied it.[49]Bill Maher complimented Kelly as being "so much better" than the candidates who attended the January 28 debate and argued that she was a more viable candidate for the Republican nomination.[50] In an interview with CBS News Sunday Morning, Kelly reflected that she was disappointed with the lack of support she received from coworker Bill O'Reilly and CNN, the latter airing a Trump event the same time as the debate.[51][52] In April, at her request,[53] Kelly met with Trump at Trump Tower, having "a chance to clear the air".[54] The following month, after interviewing Trump and being met with mixed reception,[55] she expressed interest in doing another one with him.[56] In June, she criticized Trump for his claims against Gonzalo P. Curiel's impartiality.[57] In October, a contentious discussion between Kelly and Newt Gingrich on The Kelly File regarding Trump's sexual comments in a 2005 audio recording gained widespread social media reaction.[58]

In March 2016, it was announced that Kelly would host a one-hour prime time special on the Fox network wherein she would interview celebrities from the worlds of "politics, entertainment, and other areas of human interest".[59] The special aired in May 2016, which was a sweeps month.[60] It acquired 4.8 million viewers, but placed third in the ratings.[61]Gabriel Sherman wrote of the stakes for Kelly as "high", elaborating that with Kelly being in the final year of her contract with Fox and having confirmed her ambitions, "[t]he special was essentially a public interview for her next job."[62] In July 2016, amid allegations of sexual harassment on the part of Fox News CEO Roger Ailes, Kelly was reported to have confirmed that she herself was also subjected to his harassment.[63][64] Two days after the report, Ailes resigned from Fox News and his lawyer, Susan Estrich, publicly denied the charge.[65] During her coverage of the 2016 Republican National Convention, her attire received criticism.[66] In a defense of Kelly, Jenavieve Hatch of The Huffington Post commented, "If you're a woman on national television reporting on a political event from hot, humid Cleveland, wearing a weather-appropriate outfit makes you the target of an endless stream of sexist commentary."[67] In September, it was reported that Kelly would be collaborating with Michael De Luca to produce Embeds, a scripted comedy about reporters covering politics, to be aired on a streaming service.[68][69] Kelly appeared on the cover of the February 2016 issue of Vanity Fair.[70] In 2016, she was an honoree for Variety's Power of Women for her addressing child abuse.[71]

2017–2018: NBC News[edit]

In late 2016, Kelly was alleged to be actively considering other news networks aside from Fox News, since her contract was a few months from expiring.[72][73] In January 2017, The New York Times reported that she would leave Fox News for a "triple role" at NBC News, which would include a daytime talk show, a Sunday-night newsmagazine, and becoming a correspondent for major news events and political coverage.[74][75] She departed Fox News on January 6, 2017, after the last episode of The Kelly File was aired.[76][77] In January 2017, People quoted an unspecified source that Kelly remained under a non-compete clause with Fox until July 2017 which would prevent her from working for a competitor until the clause expires or is canceled.[78]

On June 2, 2017, Kelly interviewed Russian president Vladimir Putin, first in a panel discussion she moderated at the St. Petersburg International Economic Forum and later in a one-on-one interview for the premiere episode of NBC's Sunday Night with Megyn Kelly, which aired June 4, 2017.[79][80][81] Kelly's daytime talk show, Megyn Kelly Today, premiered in September 2017.[82][83][84][85]

Kelly was being paid reportedly between $15 million and $20 million a year at NBC.[86] After an initial run of eight episodes in the summer of 2017, NBC decided to bring her newsmagazine show Sunday Night with Megyn Kelly back for summer 2018 after a hiatus for football and the Winter Olympics, but only periodically. However, this return never materialized.[87][88] Instead, Kelly continued to report stories for Dateline NBC during the summer of 2018, continuing her work for the show which she joined in 2017.[89]

On October 23, 2018, Kelly was criticized for on-air remarks she made on Megyn Kelly Today related to the appropriateness of blackface as part of Halloween costumes. She recollected that "when I was a kid, that was okay as long as you were dressing up as like a character", and defended Luann de Lesseps's use of skin darkening spray to portray Diana Ross.[90] Later that day, Kelly issued an internal email apologizing for the remarks.[91] On October 26, 2018, NBC canceled Megyn Kelly Today.[92] It had been reported that Kelly was considering ending the program to focus on her role as a correspondent.[93] Her contract was terminated January 11, 2019, with Kelly due the entire amount from the contract. She was reportedly not subject to any non-compete clause under her NBC contract.[94][95][96]

2019–present: After NBC[edit]

Kelly announced the launch of Devil May Care Media, her media production company, on September 10, 2020, with a podcast, The Megyn Kelly Show.[97] Its first episode premiered on September 28.[98]

On July 6, 2021, it was announced that the podcast would move to Sirius XM on September 7, 2021, to broadcast weekdays at 12 noon ET on the talk radio channel Triumph, along with a video simulcast available to Sirius XM subscribers.[99]


In February 2016, Kelly signed an agreement with HarperCollins to write an autobiography scheduled for release later that year, in a deal worth more than $10 million.[100][101][102] The book, titled Settle for More, was released on November 15, 2016.[103][104]


In popular culture[edit]

Bombshell, a 2019 film portraying Kelly's career at Fox News, was released on December 13, 2019. Kelly is played by Charlize Theron, with other cast members including Margot Robbie as Kayla Pospisil (a composite character), Nicole Kidman as Gretchen Carlson, Nazanin Boniadi as Rudi Bakhtiar and John Lithgow as Roger Ailes. The film follows events at Fox News in the lead up to Ailes resigning from the organization.[109] Kelly said she was not consulted for the film's content.[110]

Personal life[edit]

Kelly married Daniel Kendall, an anesthesiologist, in 2001. The marriage ended in divorce in 2006.[111] In 2008, she married Douglas Brunt, who was then president and CEO of the cybersecurity firm Authentium,[112] and who became a full-time writer and novelist.[113] They have three children, son Yates (b. 2009),[114] daughter Yardley (b. 2011),[114][115] and son Thatcher (b. 2013).[116]

Politically, Kelly identifies as an independent, and told Variety in 2015 that she has voted for both Democrats and Republicans.[117]

On October 12, 2016, Kelly stated in a segment on her show with Fox News commentator Julie Roginsky that she is a lifelong Catholic.[118]

See also[edit]


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External links[edit]


How Fox News drama Bombshell lets Megyn Kelly off the hook

On a fateful Wednesday in December 2013, Megyn Kelly reached out to the children of America through her daytime cable news talk program The Kelly File with an urgent message: “For all you kids watching at home, Santa just is white.” It was an odd, racist stand for an adult woman to take, but hardly a career-ender; at her then home of Fox News, casual bigotry of this sort got an anchor little more than a glorified speeding ticket.

Skip ahead to 2015, a pivotal time in Kelly’s rise through the TV ranks and the start of the window during which the new film Bombshell has been set. By the time she took a boisterous candidate named Donald Trump to task during a Republican primary debate that summer, her image had already been well on the way to rehabilitation. A glossy feature in the New York Times Magazine claimed that she had “upended the popular notion of how a Fox News star is supposed to behave”, and that she represented “an appeal to the younger and (slightly) more ideologically diverse demographic Fox needs”. Her feud with the president-to-be landed her the cover of Vanity Fair in January of 2016, with the headline Blowhards, Beware: Megyn Kelly Will Slay You Now. She was supposed to be the palatable future of conservatism, an ideologue who could occupy the other side of the aisle with intelligence and civility.

Slightly complicating this narrative was Kelly’s actual behavior during this time and the year that would follow, which did not paint the picture of a cool-headed, forward-thinking member of the right. In summer 2016, around the time that she spoke out against sex predator Roger Ailes and earned a new wave of respect from the general public, Kelly had actor DL Hughley on her show for a debate about the recent murder of Michael Brown at the hands of police. During this conversation, she asserted that Brown could have been the aggressor in his own killing, then attempted to dismiss Hughley’s shock at the assertion. Worse still, all this was perfectly in keeping with the person she’d always been during her tenure at Fox, a period during which the order of the day included Islamophobia, transphobia and a host of other defects of character. Most troublingly of all, she continued to question the legitimacy of sexual assault claims and express sympathy for the accused even after she became embroiled in one such story.

All that notwithstanding, Kelly’s embrace by the mainstream led to her highest-profile gig yet as the host of her own NBC show, a disastrous program shuttered after she declared on-air that she considered dressing up in blackface to be no biggie. (Before the cancellation, she asked a Will and Grace fan if the program made him gay, gave Sandy Hook conspiracy-monger Alex Jones a televised platform, and needled “Hanoi Jane” about her past plastic surgeries.) The suits cut her loose to the tune of a $69m payout on her contract.

The gap between Kelly’s esteem from establishment media and her abhorrent track record in real life is so wide that Bombshell and its star Charlize Theron can tumble into it like a hiker into a crevasse. The Santa moment gets a noticeable amount of screen time in Jay Roach’s modern-day period piece, both via a snippet of the oft-replayed clip as well as a quick shot of black protesters in Kris Kringle suits outside NewsCorp’s midtown Manhattan headquarters. Its presence in the film feels like lip service, an obligatory acknowledgment of the fact that Megyn Kelly did, on one occasion in the remote past, do something wrong. But her deeper, more foundational moral lapses get largely swept under the rug. Despite the fact that she calls a cub reporter “snowflake” at one point, someone with no outside information watching this film would perceive Kelly as nothing more than a newswoman who ruffles the occasional feather in her pursuit of the story.

The film cannot afford to depict Kelly in all her contemptibility, because a villain of Roger Ailes’ caliber requires an equal and opposite hero. Bombshell focuses on the events precipitating the fall of the Fox godhead, tracing the expansion of the whisper network of women in the workplace that led to his deposing. Kelly leads the charge, supported by Gretchen Carlson (Nicole Kidman) as she prepares her own lawsuit against Ailes behind closed doors, with the rest of the film’s run time devoted to a fictitious newbie named Kayla (Margot Robbie). Carlson hasn’t jammed her foot into her mouth nearly as frequently as Kelly, but she still worked to keep the Fox propaganda machine well-oiled and functioning during her many years on the network. Yet in all three cases, the movie behaves as if its ethical calculus will not square unless these three women can be molded into feminist role models. (A label that Kelly shrugs off every time someone uses it to describe her, which happens on multiple occasions.)

This proved a big pill to swallow for the first round of coverage that ran yesterday, as the press embargo lifted. Slate’s Dana Stevens wrote in her review, “Not even Charlize Theron can make me see Megyn Kelly as a hero,” and that she “just isn’t that exciting to root for”. BuzzFeed News’ Pier Dominguez echoed these sentiments, writing that “the movie ends up being, in some ways, an infomercial for [Kelly and Carlson’s] post–Fox News incarnations while also promoting the idea of a kinder, gentler Fox News without Ailes at the helm.” In the fine publication you’re reading right now, our own Peter Bradshaw ruled that the film “pulls its hardest punches”.

It all makes for a dramatic contrast with Theron’s party line on the media circuit, where she’s told Deadline, “I had to realize that, even through all this stuff, this was a person that did something really incredible, and I couldn’t throw the baby out with the bathwater.” Albeit inadvertently, that’s an astute soundbite; “all this stuff” captures the vagary of the film’s engagement with Kelly’s failings of common goodness, just as the film certainly considers what she’s done right to be far more important than all she’s done wrong.

There’s a right way to make this movie, one that confronts a truth both simple and complicated: that even the very worst people among us deserve the basic dignity of not getting sexually assaulted at the office. But this asks a lot of the viewer in terms of empathy, and it’s one of the cardinal beliefs of studio executives that people will not show up or stick around to watch a movie about someone they hate. This is hardly Orwellian doublethink, however, this notion that even the worst among us shouldn’t be violated by our colleagues. The phrase “I wouldn’t wish it on my worst enemy” is already common parlance. Still, Roach feels safer softening Kelly’s image to guarantee that her baseline humanity comes across. Of course the ideal Fox News woman for his revisionist scrubbing – Margot Robbie’s upstanding, go-getter career gal – would have to be imaginary.

  • Bombshell is out in the US on 13 December and in the UK on 24 January.

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Megyn Kelly calls on NBC News to have 'outside investigator' look into shocking allegations at network

In her first televised interview since leaving NBC News last year, Megyn Kelly called for an "outside investigator" to look into the shocking allegations levied against the Peacock Network.

Speaking to Tucker Carlson on Wednesday night in a return to Fox News, Kelly said: "There needs to be an outside investigation into this company. They investigated themselves. That doesn't work."


In his new book, "Catch and Kill: Lies, Spies, and a Conspiracy to Protect Predators," Pulitzer-winning journalist Ronan Farrow detailed the resistance he says he faced from his former bosses at NBC News while reporting on disgraced film mogul Harvey Weinstein. The book exposed several allegations against former NBC anchor Matt Lauer. Farrow contends top executives knew about the accusations longer than they claimed and were intent on quashing allegations of sexual misconduct by Weinstein and simultaneously keeping a lid on claims against Lauer.

The former Fox News host said that if NBC News has nothing to hide it would get an outside investigator.

"Because here what Ronan is suggesting is that they covered up for one sexual predator, Harvey Weinstein, in order to protect another. Matt Lauer. They deny all of this," Kelly said. "And NBC has put out several statements saying that Ronan is a conspiracy theorist and this is all nonsense and he's got an ax to grind."

"But if that's true and there's nothing to hide, then get an outside investigator," Kelly added.

Carlson pressed Kelly to react to MSNBC host Chris Hayes addressing Farrow Monday night and asked her if he should fear for his job.

“In Farrow’s view, he was unable to break through what was effectively a conspiracy of silence from NBC News management,” Hayes said on his "All In" program.  The host then complimented Farrow's work, saying it's the "kind of journalism that you want to do as a journalist" and that everyone in the industry "should want to facilitate."

"He's saying essentially what you said, which is he doesn't trust the management at NBC News. Given your experience, do you think he's in jeopardy of being fired?" Carlson asked Kelly.


"No comment on that," Kelly responded. "But I will say the question is open as to whether they put dollars ahead of decency, about whether they were more interested in protecting their star anchor than they were in protecting the women of the company."

Fox News' Joseph A. Wulfsohn contributed to this report.

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‘Bombshell’ Raises a Question: What’s Megyn Kelly Up to Anyway?

A year after the anchor was ousted from NBC, Charlize Theron brings her back as someone who helped take on Fox News from the inside.

Megyn Kelly last appeared on NBC more than a year ago, trying to contain an uproar over on-air remarks about blackface that ultimately brought her tenure at the network to an abrupt, unhappy end.

In a few weeks’ time, she will make a return — of sorts.

On Jan. 5, NBC will broadcast the 2020 Golden Globes, where Charlize Theron will walk the red carpet as a leading nominee for her portrayal of Ms. Kelly in the movie “Bombshell,” a dramatized account of the Fox News chairman Roger Ailes’s downfall that puts Ms. Kelly center stage.

Viewers will be treated to clips of Ms. Theron’s uncanny rendition of Ms. Kelly — the actress captures, with startling precision, the vocal tics and lawyerly cadences of the former Fox News anchor — in a performance that generated awards buzz even before the film opened on Friday in New York and Los Angeles. (Its wide release begins next Friday.)

But so far, Ms. Kelly has shown little interest in weighing in on her big-screen doppelgänger.

She did not participate in the making of the film — which was directed by Jay Roach from a script by Charles Randolph — and she and Ms. Theron have never spoken. Ms. Kelly attended a screening of “Bombshell” in New York last month, according to two people familiar with the event, but made no public remarks about it.

Ms. Kelly declined to comment for this article. On Friday, in an Instagram post, she wrote that watching “Bombshell” was “an incredibly emotional experience for me,” and that she had seen the film “once it was past the point of any possible edits, though there are certainly some I would have made.”

Her quietude may be strategic. Behind the scenes, Ms. Kelly is pondering a route back into the national media, according to several people who requested anonymity in describing private conversations with the anchor.

In recent weeks, Ms. Kelly has begun to re-emerge. After months of communicating primarily via Twitter, she appeared on Tucker Carlson’s prime-time show in October — to the chagrin of many of Mr. Carlson’s Fox News colleagues — and has posted two self-produced interviews to her Instagram account, including one with the House minority leader, Representative Kevin McCarthy.

Still, these appearances are a far cry from Ms. Kelly’s previous perch as a daily presence in American living rooms, first in prime time on Fox News and then, less successfully, in the 9 a.m. hour of NBC’s “Today.” On Fox News, she regularly drew two million to three million viewers a night; her Instagram videos have received a small fraction of that.

Ms. Kelly’s portrayal in “Bombshell” may return the anchor to public consciousness, and the depiction is, on balance, a positive one. Ms. Theron’s Kelly is a tack-sharp anchor who presses Donald J. Trump on his sexism during a major debate, puts up with verbal abuse from right-wing trolls (and newsroom colleagues) and ultimately comes forward about being harassed by Mr. Ailes, a testimonial that seals the once-invincible TV king’s fate.

But like the real-life Ms. Kelly, the movie version has already proved divisive.

In The New York Times, Manohla Dargis described the onscreen Ms. Kelly as “a warrior” who “could lead an army or maybe a rebellion, if she chose,” even as the character hesitates between principle and ambition. (The film also dings Ms. Kelly for lobbing softball questions at Mr. Trump in a 2016 prime-time interview.) But Ms. Dargis, as well as critics at BuzzFeed News and The Guardian, also faulted the filmmakers for playing down Ms. Kelly’s role in Mr. Ailes’s success; after all, she was a willing star on his network for years.

Her rocky tenure at NBC — where she clashed with colleagues and drew low ratings — has dimmed the likelihood of a return to broadcast television. Instead, Ms. Kelly has discussed potential jobs in digital news, including conversations with podcast production companies, according to the people familiar with her thinking.

Ms. Kelly, the people said, believes she can find a niche as an equal-opportunity skeptic amid a divided news media. She has told friends that she did not feel comfortable at her previous employers. “I felt like the Rachel Maddow of Fox News and the Sean Hannity of NBC,” she has said.

Ms. Kelly is not currently restricted from working for another outlet, and she is still collecting the remainder of her roughly $30 million exit agreement with NBC, according to two people familiar with the terms of her deal. Other people who have spoken with her say they do not expect an imminent career announcement.

“She will be an asset to any television (or other) network who is seeking an exceptional journalist who has a gift of finding the right angle to a story or interview,” said Eric Bolling, a former Fox News personality who now hosts a national affairs show for Sinclair Broadcast Group.

Any attempt to revive her fortunes, however, will face resistance.

It was nearly three years ago that Ms. Kelly made her splashy, $69 million deal with NBC, which gave her a Sunday night newsmagazine show as well as a daytime slot and made her one of the richest personalities in television news. The move went sideways in a hurry.

An early broadcast of “Sunday Night With Megyn Kelly” sparked criticism after she interviewed the Infowars leader Alex Jones, and the show failed to find an audience. The sunny environment of morning television proved an odd fit for Ms. Kelly’s prosecutorial persona; the anchor initially delivered poor ratings and caused a stir after she offended a guest, Jane Fonda, by asking about her plastic surgery; she later assailed Ms. Fonda on-air as “Hanoi Jane.”

Since “Megyn Kelly Today” was canceled in October 2018, viewership for the hour has gone up 9 percent, according to Nielsen, a noticeable uptick when ratings across the board have gone down.

All the while, Ms. Kelly was attacked from the left for her comments over the years at Fox News, most prominently a segment where she insisted that Santa Claus is white. (The Santa uproar is mentioned several times in “Bombshell.”) Last fall, she stunned co-workers by musing on-air that it was once appropriate for white people to dress up in blackface for Halloween. Days later, her show was canceled.

Ms. Kelly believed that NBC executives had used the blackface uproar as a pretext to fire her because they were uncomfortable with her reporting on the network’s own harassment scandal, involving the “Today” host Matt Lauer, who had been fired after allegations of sexual misconduct in November 2017. On Twitter, she continues to suggest a double standard: Last week, she posted a video from an early-2000s episode of Comedy Central’s “The Man Show” in which Jimmy Kimmel, now the host of ABC’s late-night program, wore blackface to portray the basketball player Karl Malone.

“America’s late night darling Jimmy Kimmel? Who every Hollywood star cozies up to?” Ms. Kelly tweeted. “The very same stars who then lecture the rest of us on woke culture? Whatever could he have done??”

Her attack on Mr. Kimmel is typical of the online persona Ms. Kelly has cultivated over the past year. In between updates on her family life in Manhattan and a newly adopted dog, Ms. Kelly has aimed spiky commentary at the mainstream media, including former NBC colleagues like Seth Meyers and the “Today” host Craig Melvin.

On Mr. Carlson’s show in October, Ms. Kelly faulted NBC for failing to commission an independent investigation of its newsroom culture. Her appearance was a hit: More than four million people tuned in, higher than Mr. Carlson’s average audience and making it the most-watched program in all of cable that night.

Her efforts since have not had the same reach. Ms. Kelly joined Instagram last month to promote an interview she secured with a young TV producer involved in a dust-up at ABC News over the network’s decision, several years ago, not to air an investigative report about Jeffrey Epstein. The interview has been viewed about 272,000 times on YouTube.

On Mr. Carlson’s show, Ms. Kelly said she was relishing spending time with her young children. But her comments suggested that “Bombshell,” and Ms. Theron’s portrayal of her, might not be the final word.

“I’ll get back on that horse soon, because this has been fun,” Ms. Kelly told Mr. Carlson, smiling. “I’ll probably get back out there.”

Nicole Sperling contributed reporting.


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