During the first Republican debate of 2015, Fox News’ Megyn Kelly served as moderator and she asked Republican frontrunner Donald Trump a question that he didn’t like very much.
“Does that sound like the temperament of a man we should elect as president?” Kelly asked after pointing out that Trump had “called women [he doesn’t] like ‘fat pigs, dogs, slobs and disgusting animals.'”
To that Trump infamously replied, “Only Rosie O’Donnell.” The next day, Trump spoke with CNN’s Don Lemon and called Kelly “overrated,” said “I just don’t respect her as a journalist” and said “You could see there was blood coming out of her eyes, blood coming out of her whatever.”
“In my opinion, she was off-base,” he added. “She’s a lightweight. I couldn’t care less about her.”
That was in August. Now, months later, Kelly has given an extensive interview with Vanity Fair and, predictably, that encounter with Donald Trump was one of the topics.
Kelly revealed that, in the past, Trump would “send me press clippings about me that he would just sign ‘Donald Trump.’ And he called from time to time to compliment a segment.”
Kelly says that she thinks she knows why she was receiving such compliments.
“I didn’t know why he was doing that. And then when he announced that he was running for president, it became more clear. But I can’t be wooed. I was never going to love him, and I was never going to hate him,” she said.
She also revealed that she was ill during the debate, had a blanket on her legs and had a bucket to throw up in next to her.
“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 said.
Since the Trump spat, Vanity Fair noted, Kelly’s viewership has gone up by nine percent.