Former Fox News host Megyn Kelly rose to the top of the cable-news pyramid last year following her repeated clashes with Donald Trump. He threatened her during one debate, and she went toe-to-toe with him in another. Eventually, she delivered an interview with him that some found toothless, although one could assume that she was constrained by Fox guidelines at the time. Soon enough, however, she made the decision to walk away from partisan network constraints for a triple role at NBC — including a 60 Minutes-esque Sunday night news-magazine program where she looks forward to stretching her legs.
How so? As Kelly recently put things, “I don’t love politics.” She told Politico that while she’ll continue to do so from time to time, “I don’t want to do only that. It’s not enough for me personally.” So, one might expect Kelly to possibly interview pop-culture figures like the Kardashians, but she’s not going there yet. In fact, she’ll get very political for her Sunday night debut with Vladimir Putin. What should we expect from their one-on-one talk?
The fact that these two would exchange words onstage at the St. Petersburg International Economic Forum was confirmed a month ago, but Kelly didn’t know for sure (until a few days ago, as she revealed in a TODAY promo) that she’d receive a post-event interview with him. At the time, Kelly vowed to ask Putin about “meddling” and “the prospect of our two countries working together.” And Kelly knows that election interference must be a major focus, for anything less would be a wasted opportunity.
Kelly also sold this interview, big time — by listing it as one of her top-three career moments (before it even happened) — while speaking to Tampa’s ABC Action News. Of course, the big moments will be under wraps until Sunday, but if her Friday onstage encounter with Putin is any indication, things may get fiery. In front of the forum audience, Putin denied Russian government hacking and said that anyone could have framed his country because (get this) he believes a toddler could commit a cyberattack: