Rising star gets a bigger potential audience
Fox News Channel’s Megyn Kelly will host a primetime special on Monday, May 23 on Fox.
Yes, Fox, not Fox News Channel.
Fox News chairman and CEO Roger Ailes has dubbed former “The View” executive producer Bill Geddie to produce Kelly’s broadcast debut.
The one-hour special will feature a variety of celebrity interviews from the world of politics, entertainment and other hot topics. The special will also show a personal side of Kelly, addressing her popularity during the presidential election. Kelly was already a rising star at Fox News, but she became a household name after moderating last summer’s GOP debate.
Kelly famously upset Donald Trump by asking a question about his treatment of women, which resulted in a feud between the GOP frontrunner and the network. Ailes backed her, and Trump even skipped a debate because of the drama.
Kelly has now moderated three GOP debates with a fourth coming next week. The first debate on August 6, 2015, delivered 24 million viewers, making it the highest-rated non-sports cable telecast of all time. The most recent debate, held on March 3, shattered all previous debate records in 2016 with nearly 17 million viewers.
Kelly has co-anchored all of the recent major primary and caucus races for Fox News. “The Kelly File” is the second most-watched program in cable news, averaging 2.5 million viewers.
Geddie was executive producer of “The View,” along with Barbara Walters, for 17 years. He began producing “The Barbara Walters Specials” in 1988, as well as “The 10 Most Fascinating People”, which he co-wrote, directed and helped launch.