Megyn Kelly—host of Fox News’ The Kelly File and recently appointed nemesis of Donald Trump—announced last week that she was taking a much-needed vacation. “Well, it’s been an interesting week—and a long six months without a vacation for yours truly,” Kelly told viewers on Wednesday. “So I’ll be taking the next week and a half off spending some time with my husband and my kids trying to relax.”
Her vacation announcement came after she sparred with Trump during the Republican primary debates. Trump took umbrage at being asked questions, and the humanoid fired back with some stereotypically lazy remarks about women and periods and hormones. The timing of Kelly’s announcement led to a lot of conspiracy talk: Is Fox News pushing her out? Did Trump have her sidelined, etc., etc. All of this despite the fact that network head Roger Ailes has publicly supported Kelly’s work.
That speculation was fueled by an interview Trump did with the ultra-conservative website Newsmax: “People were very surprised that, all the sudden, she decided to go away for ten days… Some people make those quick decisions,” Trump said during the interview, implying that he had her sidelined.
But Fox News insists that Kelly’s vacation was planned long before the Trump drama. In a statement to The Hollywood Reporter, the network said: “the conspiracy theories about Megyn Kelly’s vacation rank up there with UFO’s, the moon landing and Elvis being alive.”
The statement continued:
“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.’”
Let’s then leave behind all conspiracy talk and return to the most important part of this story: Megyn Kelly thinks six months is an incredibly long time to go without a vacation. Weeping.