Megyn Kelly announced two days ago that she would be taking a ten day break from the show while she went on vacation with her family, like many in the media do during the summer months.
You can watch Kelly’s announcement here:
Following the announcement, rumors spread throughout the Internet suggesting that the real reason for Kelly’s absence was because chairman Roger Ailes was acquiescing to Donald Trump‘s demands as a result of his ongoing feud with Kelly. Mediaite has received confirmation that Kelly’s break was scheduled before the Republican debate, but theories have persisted and Trump implied that he was the reason for Kelly’s absence in an interview with Newsmax today.
On Friday night, Mediaite received this statement from a Fox spokesperson, emphasizing that Kelly’s break was scheduled.
“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.’”