Megyn Kelly on the Leak That Sealed Roger Ailes’ Fate: ‘I Was Livid’

And the one Trump she's spoken to since the election

The week of Nov. 14 has been a blur. Megyn Kelly has sat for nine TV interviews in three days before doing this one. There were appearances on Dr. Oz and Jimmy Fallon, too. Kelly is publicizing her new memoir, Settle for More, about life before and after becoming the undisputed (and unintentional) media star of the 2016 election. In her book, which debuts at No. 1 on the New York Times Best Sellers list, Kelly recounts her 9 months at the wrong end of Donald Trump's temperament and Twitter account and how, with simple and agonizing truth, she helped to bring down one of the biggest names in TV news—her Fox News Channel boss Roger Ailes. Through it all, the mother of three has continued to host the network's The Kelly File, the most-watched cable news show in the 25-54 demo in Q3, and again in October. Here, Kelly—Adweek's Hottest News Anchor of 2016—talks about her surreal year.

Adweek: Have you talked with President-elect Trump since the election?

Megyn Kelly: Not at all. No.

How about his family? I suspect you've put in an interview request?

I've corresponded with Ivanka. I'm going to assume that I won't be the very first that he would sit down with after Lesley Stahl, but I actually think he will sit with me.  I just want to give him some time.

Would you ever consider joining the Trump administration?

No. No, I think first of all that's a younger person's game. But second of all I don't need that kind of aggravation in my life, and I have a great job that I don't want to give up.

You're in the midst of a contract negotiation and Rupert Murdoch very much wants you to stay. Are you leaning towards staying at this point?

You know, I'm seriously considering my future and I do feel very grateful that I have a spot at Fox News. I really have respect for the Murdochs. I haven't known them very well but I've come to know them and so far I like everything I've seen. So the thought of working for them is very alluring. But I have to figure this one out and give it all the consideration it deserves because I've got these three little people with me who I really love and want to see as well. This is a big one for me and I don't want to screw it up.

You came up through the news ranks and earned that prime time spot but you're sandwiched in between two opinion shows. Is that a comfortable time slot to be in?

As far as the ratings go it's been a great time slot. I have the best lead in in the business (O'Reilly Factor) and I have a successful show on after me (Hannity). For me as a journalist it's okay. I think people understand the difference.

Have you talked with Bill O'Reilly about how he wasn't interested in talking about a book that made his company look bad and then you responded that it was Roger Ailes that made Fox News look bad. And what's the office relationship like with him?

I never see Bill.  He tapes his show early in the day and I'm live on the air at nine.  So I never see him.

Co-hosting Live with Kelly the day after the election you helped give the show its best ratings in six months, and that was after an hour of sleep. If you stayed at Fox they do a lot of syndication. There could be a situation where you keep the prime time show and do something in daytime as well.

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