Fox News host and debate moderator Megyn Kelly went on the “Tonight Show” with Jimmy Fallon on May 12 and gave a sneak peek of her interview with Donald Trump.
“We didn’t address anything that had happened” in the first conversation, Kelly said. “I didn’t ask him about any of the tweets or any of the things he said because I was looking to move past that, you know?”
The Fox Host continued, saying in subsequent interviews that Trump’s hostility did come up:
“I didn’t want to go to the acrimonious place. So we had a normal conversation like a candidate and reporter, and then we did—then we sat down for an interview, and in that interview we do talk about what happened,” Kelly added.
In the preview of the interview, Kelly presses Trump on his reaction to her question about his treatment of women, and showcased a telling back and forth.
“You know, it’s not a cocktail party,” Kelly told Trump.
“No, no. I’ll tell you what, in a certain way, what you did might have been a favor. Because I felt so good about having gotten through, I said, if I can get through this debate, with those questions, you can get through anything,” Trump replied.
Kelly recently went in April to Trump Tower to talk to the nominee by herself face-to-face for a primetime Fox TV news special.
Trump and Kelly have had an ongoing feud since Kelly moderated the first Republican debate in August 2015, when Kelly pressed Trump on his history of derogatory comments aimed at women.
This prompted Trump to make the comment that Kelly had “blood coming out of her wherever.” He later refused to participate in a Fox News debate unless Fox dropped Kelly as a moderator. Fox refused and Trump boycotted the debate.
Since then, Kelly had been the subject of a lot of Trump’s Twitter comments calling her “Crazy Megyn Kelly” and accusing her of biased reporting.
The meeting and interview was a rare moment of civility between Trump and Kelly, although she also said that the interview was a bit awkward, but also “cleared the air” and called the nominee “gracious.”