Rye's Megyn Kelly, in the Spotlight
SohoNYC Magazine|Issue 59

SUDDENLY, Megyn Kelly is everywhere. Her tell-all memoir, “Settle for More,” from Harper, an imprint of HarperCollins, came out in November and immediately hit the best seller list.

Bonnie Adler

She made a big splash as a cover girl on GQ and Vanity Fair. Kelly was offered 20 million dollars to renew her contract with Fox News, where she anchors her top rated prime time show, The Kelly File. On January 3rd, Megyn Kelly made headlines announcing her move to NBC News to host her own daytime program, Sunday night news program as well as special event and political coverage. Glamorous and outspoken, Megyn Kelly, 46,has broken through the glass ceiling into the big leagues.

It’s been more than a year since her coverage of the 2016 presidential race ignited a firestorm of publicity. With her bold, edgy, take-no-prisoners style, Kelly has firmly seized the spotlight.

When we first saw Megyn Kelly way back in 2004, she was a newscaster on Fox News. Many typecast her as just one more blond with great legs and cleavage, a decoration enhancing the set of the right wing network. Despite her rising ratings and frequent promotions, Megyn Kelly was not taken seriously by those with little knowledge of her considerable achievements.

Then came the now infamous August 2015 Republican primary debate in Cleveland, Ohio. Drawing a deep breath, in front of 24 million viewers, Kelly slammed Donald Trump with the question that stopped him, and America, dead in its tracks. “You have called women you don’t like fat pigs, dogs, slobs and disgusting animals…. You once told a contestant on Celebrity Apprentice it would be a pretty picture to see her on her knees… Does that sound to you like the temperament of a man we should elect as president…?”

She knew those provocative words would present a swift upper cut to a man famous for his thin skin. What she could not know was the extent to which Trump would go to retaliate. The retribution came swiftly. His response to her perceived accusation came the very next night on CNN. “You could see there was blood coming out of her eyes. There was blood coming out of her… wherever.” In short, the man so incisively accused of being a misogynist affirmed her statement by saying she was nothing more than a woman on the rag. And he did it with the whole world watching.

Trump was so angry he engaged in an unhinged Twitter battle that brought Megyn Kelly into the spotlight like never before. Millions of Trump fanatical followers joined him in what became an unprecedented viral attack on a journalist. The journalist had suddenly become the story.

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