The top executive of Fox News in recent days offered presidential candidate Donald Trump a spot on Megyn Kelly’s program to mend ties with the Fox host, but the Republican presidential candidate refused, according to a report on Tuesday by New York magazine’s Gabe Sherman.
Instead, the billionaire real estate mogul opted for appearances Tuesday on friendlier Fox shows, including “Fox & Friends” and “Hannity.”
In the past several days, Trump has complained about Kelly’s “unfair” questions to him during the last week’s GOP presidential debate, and demanded she apologize. He even went as far as to say Kelly had “blood coming out of her wherever” during the debate. Many took the comment to mean that Trump was commenting on Kelly’s menstrual cycle, though he later denied it.
Fox boss Roger Ailes eventually had a phone call with Trump to make peace.
From Sherman’s report:
Ailes offered Trump the chance to do a special on Kelly’s prime-time show to clear the air — an offer Trump flatly refused. “Donald was sufficiently pissed off that there was no way that was happening,” a person familiar with the call told me. According to the source, Trump’s ire was especially stoked after Howard Stern called to tell him about a 2010 interview in which Kelly joked about her breasts and her husband’s penis. Ailes offered other shows, and Trump agreed to appear on Fox and Friends and Hannity, two venues that have been loyal boosters of his candidacy.
Kelly responded on her program Monday night that she wouldn’t apologize for “doing good journalism.”