"I do wish that O’Reilly had defended me more in his interview with Trump. I would have defended him more. Honestly? People think I’m fearless. But I’m human. I was not looking forward to going out on that stage and dealing with Trump if he was going to attack me."If you can't take it, don't dish it out, honey.
O'Reilly is not her daddy. It is not his job to defend her. She has a whole hour each weeknight to defend herself. He has his own show, his own cast of characters, and his own roster of guests. O'Reilly treats Trump the right way. O'Reilly is tough but fair. Kelly is not. In the first debate, she took jokes from Trump's TV show literally (and therefore, out of context) to confront him and burnish her reputation as a slayer of male blowhards.
But seven months later she has to do her show without Trump, who has been the biggest boost to cable news ratings since Michael Jackson's funeral. That is not a joke. Jackson's funeral drew 31 million. Trump's first debate drew 24 million.
From the Daily Mail:
In the April issue of MORE, Kelly talks about Trump's decision to skip the Iowa debate she moderated just before the state's caucus, saying she wished that her Fox News coworker Bill O'Reilly would have stuck up for her more when he spoke to the Republican front-runner the night before to try and convince him to take the stage.
'I do wish that O’Reilly had defended me more in his interview with Trump. I would have defended him more,' reveals Kelly.
'Honestly? People think I’m fearless. But I’m human. I was not looking forward to going out on that stage and dealing with Trump if he was going to attack me.
'I felt the pressure of that and the stress of that. But I also knew I would walk through that fear and I would go out there and I would handle it. I can muster up the courage in the difficult situations to get me through.'O'Reilly has a good relationship with Trump. Symbiotic? Sure. No one is a virgin here. Kelly cut her territory as anti-Trump to goose her ratings. Fine. But actions have consequences.
Crazy @megynkelly is now complaining that @oreillyfactor did not defend her against me - yet her bad show is a total hit piece on me.Tough!— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) March 17, 2016