Steve Bannon told Roger Ailes Megyn Kelly was the devilby Richard Bailey 21/04/2017 09:33:00 0 comments 1 Views
- Steve Bannon says in a new interview that he told then Fox News CEO Roger Ailes his star anchor Megyn Kelly would betray him back in August of 2015
- 'She’s the devil, and she will turn on you,' Bannon admits to telling Ailes
- Ailes was out at Fox News a year later after Kelly told Rupert Murdoch the CEO 'might actually be a predator' during the network's sex harassment investigation
- President Trump's chief strategist reveals that he took issue with Ailes and Fox News after Kelly went after his boss in the first Republican primary debate
- 'The big rift between Breitbart and Fox was all over Megyn Kelly. She was all over Trump nonstop,' says Bannon
- Bannon took issue with Kelly calling out Trump for calling women 'fat pigs,' 'dogs,' 'slobs' and 'disgusting animals' at the debate
By Chris Spargo For Dailymail.com
Published: 13:13 BST, 21 April 2017 | Updated: 14:33 BST, 21 April 2017
Steve Bannon is revealing just how little he cares for Megyn Kelly by going on the record in a new interview to detail how he warned Roger Ailes about his then star anchor.
The White House Chief Strategist is the focus of a Politico story which examines how President Trump managed to fracture the conservative media during his campaign, and ultimately ended up pitting Bannon, then the executive editor of Breitbart, against Ailes, then the CEO of Fox News.
'The big rift between Breitbart and Fox was all over Megyn Kelly. She was all over Trump nonstop,' explains Bannon.
He goes on to say that he decided at one point to try and talk things out with Ailes, and warned him about Kelly by stating: 'She’s the devil, and she will turn on you.'
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Harsh words: Steve Bannon says in a new interview that he told Roger Ailes his star acnhor Megyn Kelly (above in January 2016) would betray him
Not a fan: 'She’s the devil, and she will turn on you,' Bannon (above in August) admits to telling Ailes
Bannon states in his interview that he began to have issues with Ailes and Fox News after the first Republican primary debate back in August 2015, feeling that Kelly was unfairly targeting Trump with her questions.
Kelly was one of the three Fox News moderators at that debate alongside Bret Baier, and Chris Wallace.
Bannon meanwhile was not part of the Trump campaign at the time, and would not join the team until a year later.
The Trump campaign took aim at Kelly after she grilled him during that first debate and honed in on his controversial comments about women.
'You've called women you don't like 'fat pigs,' 'dogs,' 'slobs' and 'disgusting animals,'' Kelly said.
'Does that sound to you like the temperament of a man we should elect as president?'
Trump replied: 'Honestly, Megyn, if you don't like it, I'm sorry . . . I've been very nice to you, although I could probably not be, based on the way you have treated me.'
He then said of Kelly the following day: 'You could see there was blood coming out of her eyes. Blood coming out of her ... wherever.'
The attacks by Trump against Kelly continued for months, and he took to Twitter countless times to lash out at the host or retweet criticisms of her and her show, 'The Kelly File.'
He even backed out of the subsequent Fox News-sponsored primary debate in Iowa that Kelly moderated in January of last year.
The two eventually made amends and last May Trump appeared on Kelly's primetime special which aired across all Fox platforms.
Unfortunately for both Trump and Kelly, the special pulled in underwhelming numbers for the network.
This is not the first time that Bannon has revealed that he warned Ailes about Kelly, telling a similar story in an interview with The Hollywood Reporter shortly after his boss won the election back in November.
He did not share in that interview however that he compared Kelly to the antichrist, though he did criticize the state of Fox News.
'They got it more wrong than anybody,' Bannon said of the network's election coverage and treatment of President Trump.
'Rupert is a globalist and never understood Trump. To him, Trump is a radical. Now they'll go centrist and build the network around Megyn Kelly.'
That last comment did ultimately turn out to be true, with the Murdochs offering Kelly a four-year contract that would have paid her an annual salary of $25million around that time in hopes of keeping her on Fox News.
In the end however Kelly decided to leave the network and join the NBC News team.
The former faces of Fox news: President Trump's chief strategist reveals that he took issue with Ailes (above with O'Reilly in 2012) and Fox News after Kelly went after his boss in the first Republican primary debate
Cleaning house: Ailes was out at Fox News a year later after Kelly told Rupert Murdoch (above last July with son Lachlan) the CEO 'might actually be a predator' during the network's sex harassment investigation
It was revealed just this past week that Kelly's decision to leave Fox News was based in part on her relationship with the network's other star, Bill O'Reilly.
In the wake of Kelly's move, Fox News signed O'Reilly to a new contract that was almost identical to his departing co-worker.
Three months later he was fired by the Murdochs in the wake of a the network's latest sexual harassment scandal, which blew up after a New York Times report revealed that four women had accused O'Reilly of sexual harassment over the past 13 years and three of those women had been paid $13million in settlements.
That report also revealed a harassment claim from back in 2002, and was followed by a wave of new accusers who alleged that they too had been subject to inappropriate sexual remarks while working with O'Reilly.
Bannon's issues with Kelly seem puzzling in retrospect, especially in light of court documents which claimed that on-air talent at Fox News was told to not defend the female anchor from any attacks made by Trump or members of his campaign.
Former Fox news host Andrea Tantaros claimed in a court filing that was submitted in her sexual harassment case against the network back in August that the network's current co-president Bill Shine told staff to keep quiet when it came to Trump's one-sided feud with Kelly.
'After Donald Trump attacked Megyn Kelly for allegedly treating him unfairly in an August 2015 Republican Presidential Debate, Fox News publicly backed Kelly in the dispute,' read the court papers filed in New York State Supreme Court.
'However, Shine executed Ailes’ tactic of playing both sides of the fence by instructing all on-air talent that none of them should defend Kelly against Trump.'
Shine later denied this claim through a Fox news rep.
Furthermore, Kelly revealed in her memoir 'Settle For More' that Ailes spent his final days at Fox News out to get her after he was taken down by a sexual harassment scandal.
Kelly wrote in her book that after Gretchen Carlson filed her sexual harassment suit against Ailes last July, the then-CEO asked her to speak out publicly in support of him, just like every other Fox News personality was doing at the time.
'There was no way I was going to lie to protect him,' wrote Kelly, who went on to claim that as a result Ailes 'engineered hit pieces' about her online.
Backing the boss: 'The big rift between Breitbart and Fox was all over Megyn Kelly. She was all over Trump nonstop,' says Bannon (above in February with President Trump)
Making amends: Bannon took issue with Kelly calling out Trump for calling women 'fat pigs,' 'dogs,' 'slobs' and 'disgusting animals' at the debate (Trump and Kelly in the host's May special)
That is when Kelly decided to finally speak out about how Ailes had sexually harassed her when she was starting out at the network, incidents that she detailed in the book.
'Roger began pushing the limits. There was a pattern to his behavior,' she wrote in one passage.
'I would be called into Roger’s office, he would shut the door, and over the next hour or two, he would engage in a kind of cat-and-mouse game with me - veering between obviously inappropriate sexually charged comments (e.g. about the "very sexy bras" I must have and how he’d like to see me in them) and legitimate professional advice.'
And so, while the rest of her co-workers were praising Ailes, she went and spoke to his bosses, specifically News Corp executive co-chairman Lachlan Murdoch.
'I could ensure that the owners of Fox News Channel - Rupert Murdoch and his sons - understood they might actually have a predator running their company,' wrote Kelly.
That, in Bannon's opinion, was Kelly turning on Ailes.
He has never mentioned any of the sexual harassment allegations against Ailes in any of these interviews, or pointed to them as playing some role in the downfall of the CEO.
Both Ailes and O'Reilly have denied every allegation of sexual harassment made against them while at Fox News.
Ailes ultimately left the network with a $40million severance while O'Reilly walked away with $25million.
That $65million is double the $33million that has been paid out to the three O'Reilly accusers and Carlson, who reportedly received $20million last September.