Megyn Kelly: ‘Star Power Close to That of Julia Roberts’

By Mark Joyella 

Fox News host Megyn Kelly, as her FNC colleague Jenna Lee puts it, “really owns who she is. When you see someone who really owns who they are, it inspires you to own who you are.”

In a cover story in Vanity Fair, Kelly is described as a network news anchor with unusual star power:

“It helps that she’s a woman of preternatural charisma, with star power closer to that of Julia Roberts than to, say, Norah O’Donnell or Erin Burnett — two other beautiful TV newswomen who have made it big but have never exactly exploded….she’s the alpha girl at the dinner party, the one telling the stories, cracking the jokes, the one who is nice to everyone but leaves people wanting more.”

Former CNN anchor Campbell Brown says Kelly has created her own niche. “She defies all the pigeonholing that usually happens to women on TV. She’s smart, strong, sexy, fierce, sympathetic all at once.”

But it’s not all glamour, as Kelly revealed in the VF story. Describing the day of the Fox News Republican presidential debate–which would cement her reputation for “unnerving would-be leaders, blowhards, and didacts from both parties”–but the FNC host says she almost missed her moment:

“I would have crawled over a pile of hot coals to make it to that debate. No one was going to be sitting in for me, reading my questions. And I can say with confidence that neither Bret nor Chris wanted to read my questions—for many reasons!” She did the debate with a blanket over her legs and a bucket to throw up in by her side.