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A Trump truce? He’s a guest on Megyn Kelly’s Fox TV special

When Megyn Kelly Sits Down With Donald Trump For Her Prime-time Special On The Fox Broadcasting Network, The Fox News Channel Host Hopes To Call A Truce To The War Waged By The Presumptive Republican Nominee Since He Began Slamming Her After Last August’s Republican Debate, Where He Was Galled By Her Tough Questioning As One Of Its Moderators.

PTI | Updated on: 10 May 2016, 10:21:52 PM

New York :

When Megyn Kelly sits down with Donald Trump for her prime-time special on the Fox broadcasting network, the Fox News Channel host hopes to call a truce to the war waged by the presumptive Republican nominee since he began slamming her after last August’s Republican debate, where he was galled by her tough questioning as one of its moderators.

Being targeted by Trump has helped raise her profile and boost her star power, “but none of that takes into consideration the downside of being in Trump’s crosshairs,” she said during a recent interview with The Associated Press.

“It’s been a year of security guards and closed blinds. I hope this interview will be a chance to clear the air in front of the American public, to get it over with, then move on.”

Kelly said she’s excited to be venturing from the harder-edged format of “The Kelly File,” where she has reigned since 2013. Airing May 17 at 8 pm EDT, “Megyn Kelly Presents” is produced by veteran Barbara Walters collaborator Bill Geddie, with Walters’ “Most Fascinating People” specials as its model.

“I’m not Barbara,” said Kelly, “but this is an opportunity to have a different kind of conversation than I’m used to.”

Those conversations will include actor Michael Douglas, a cancer survivor whose health has been an object of concern in recent media reports. (“He’s looking good,” reported Kelly.)

She will also talk with Robert Shapiro, famously part of O J Simpson’s defence team for his murder trial.

“I was in law school when that case was being tried, and I was riveted,” said Kelly, who practiced law before getting into TV. “It’s not that I think O J Simpson is innocent. But it was great lawyering by Shapiro. To me, he’s a rock star.”

Also on tap: Laverne Cox, the transgender activist and actress who appears on Netflix’s drama series “Orange is the New Black” and who, said Kelly, “puts a human face on a group of people who are still maligned, in many parts of the country, with impunity.”

But the main event will be Kelly’s meeting with Trump, whose tirades against her have included a sneering reference on CNN to her menstrual cycle and tweets dismissing her as “lightweight” and “second-rate.”

Speaking with a reporter recently in her cozy Fox News office, she declined to share details of the interview, but took pains to say she isn’t seeking a rematch.

“I understand that this is not a presidential debate.  This is an interview,” she said, then smiled. “Let me put it this way: I have nothing to prove. I think the American people know I can be plenty tough on any political candidate, and this is not going to be about proving anything to anybody.” Detente began last month when Kelly had a private one-on-one with Trump.

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First Published : 10 May 2016, 10:18:00 PM

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