Did the conservative turned liberal, turn again?
Megyn Kelly made an appearance on the Tucker Carlson show Wednesday night. The once self-proclaimed conservative news host of the “Kelly Files” hasn’t appeared on a primetime news show since leaving Fox in 2017.
Her appearance on Fox has sparked rumors that the once-popular host may be eying a comeback, perhaps as a replacement for anti-Trump anchor Shepard Smith who resigned from the network after 23-years.
Shepard announced his departure from Fox last Friday, stating that his separation from the network was voluntary.
In an emotional statement at the end of his Friday show, Smith announced the surprise move lamenting to his afternoon audience, “So recently I asked the company to allow me to leave Fox News,” he said. “They obliged.”
Adding, “Under our agreement, I won’t be reporting elsewhere, at least in the near future.” And with that brief statement, the enigmatic journalist was done.
In recent years Shepard shed his TV persona as an unbiased journalist and began to slowly reveal his animus towards the Trump Administration along with his leftward bias usually reserved for the likes of CNN and MSNBC.
His 3 to 4 pm slot was originally designed as a straight afternoon news show, however in recent months the show began to feel more like a left-leaning opinion show, in which Shepard set the agenda by mixing a straight news piece, with his own talking point spin, usually referencing some social justice propaganda, with his brand of off the cuff righteousness, that left viewers befuddled, of whether they were hearing straight news or Shepard’s interpretation of the news.
Which brings us back to Megyn Kelly, a former self described conservative who had the respect and adulation of her fans, until she revealed herself as nothing more then an opportunist, when she foolishly attempted to torpedo frontrunner candidate Donald Trump by asking a shocking and offensive question, wishing to elicit an equally insulting remark, hoping to capitalize on her popularity during the Republican primary debate, however that encounter signaled to her loyal viewers she wasn’t what she pretended to be, loyal viewers soon realized Kelly was a fraud. To make matters worse for the embattled host, candidate Trump became President Trump, and soon the President appeared with every Fox News show, except Kelly’s.
The President simply froze her out. Kelly left Fox for greener pastures, in which NBC forked over a reputed $20 million dollars for her services as a host for a daytime talk, in which Kelly would banter with guests.
However, Kelly for some unknown reason lacks a filter when it comes to good-taste and what’s appropriate to ask guests on live TV, and what’s not. In one segment Kelly stunned movie legend, Jane Fonda, by asking the 80 plus actress about her facelifts, leaving the aging actress speechless.
However the segment the signaled Kelly’s swan song on NBC was her heavily-criticized blackface comment, which finally got her the boot and her unceremonious exit from the network.
Shepard’s departure may give Kelly an opportunity to once again join Fox, in that the network seems to be going through a transition period hiring more left-leaning contributors like former DNC chairwoman Donna Brazile, famous for rigging a CNN Democratic debate for Hillary Clinton.
Just recently during a closed-door meeting with advertisers, it was reported that Fox journalists Chris Wallace and host Martha MacCallum criticized and mocked President Trump.
Wallace joked about the President’s tendency to compare him unfavorably to his father, the ’60 Minutes’ legend Mike Wallace, who died in 2012. “He often likes to say about me, ‘You know, I was covered by Mike Wallace, I liked him much more,’” Mr. Wallace told the advertisers. ‘To which my reaction is always: One of us has a daddy problem, and it’s not me.”
Kelly obviously brings a lot of baggage and no doubt resentment from those viewers who remember her disingenuous nature, which for a news organization like Fox would be a senseless gamble.