Anyone who’s been following the news the last couple of weeks is probably well aware of the Donald Trump vs. Megyn Kelly fiasco that started at the first GOP debate when she dared to ask the GOP presidential candidate questions pertaining to factual information about his past.
Now to be fair, it did seem as if Fox News was specifically targeting Trump while hoping that it might hurt his growing momentum – but what transpired in the days following the debate was basically a pathetic circus sideshow. Trump made several derogatory remarks about Kelly – yet still managed to see his poll numbers continue to rise. Meanwhile, Kelly admitted to receiving death threats from some of Trump’s supporters.
Well, in a fairly surprising announcement, Kelly abruptly announced that she would be going on a 10-day vacation from Fox News.
“It’s been an interesting week and a long six months without a vacation for yours truly,” Kelly said.
Her announcement definitely caused some to wonder if this fairly sudden vacation – in the midst of a fairly heated back and forth between Trump, Kelly and Fox News – was more or less forced upon her with the network hoping that her absence will make the story go away.
Yesterday, Mediaite received a response from a spokesman for Fox News:
The conspiracy theories about Megyn Kelly’s vacation rank up there with UFO’s, the moon landing and Elvis being alive. Megyn is on a pre-planned, annual summer vacation with her family, which is much deserved. To imply otherwise as Donald Trump and his campaign operatives have is not only wildly irresponsible, but downright bizarre. Perhaps Mr. Trump thinks it’s advantageous to his poll numbers to keep talking about Megyn, but that doesn’t change the fact that Roger Ailes has fully supported her and her tough journalistic questioning since day one and is thrilled with the added exposure from the debate which resulted in even higher ratings of The Kelly File this week. Anyone who knows Roger is aware of how historically and consistently loyal he is to all of his talent and how he protects them at all costs. As Governor Terry Branstad said today, ‘when you’re a candidate, you’ve got to basically answer the questions. You can’t just attack the person asking the questions. That doesn’t work.’
I’m sorry, but Kelly’s remarks when she announced her vacation didn’t sound like someone who had planned taking 10 days off ahead of time.
But even beyond that, that’s a very defensive (and borderline hostile) response regarding a situation that many people think is highly suspicious. The whole response just reeks of typical Fox News over-the-top rhetoric trying to deflect from the fact that Kelly’s vacation does (at least to logical people) seem quite “timely” for a network personality who’s been at the center of a fairly heated political controversy concerning the current Republican frontrunner for president.
Though I would like to point out another fact: Bill O’Reilly is currently on vacation. You don’t often see a major news network allow two of its most popular primetime personalities to take vacations at the same time. So even beyond the response from Fox News, it just seems highly unlikely that the network would allow both Kelly and O’Reilly to be off the air at the same time with so much going on right now.
Will we ever know the truth? Probably not. But considering all the circumstances, combined with the fairly hostile nature of the response given concerning her vacation, it’s a good possibility that Megyn Kelly’s abrupt vacation is directly related to the recent controversy surrounding her and Donald Trump.