The former Fox News and NBC anchor also discussed her portrayal in 'Bombshell' and activism on social media: 'The country's going through something right now.'
Megyn Kelly criticized a polarized media landscape in the Trump era in a rare television guest appearance since she left her NBC morning show on Friday.
In her first appearance on Real Time With Bill Maher, the former Megyn Kelly Today anchor brushed away host Maher's suggestions that she might miss reporting the news each day, though she added, "I miss being a voice of reason in the storm because there's so much hysteria in the media, for and against."
Kelly returned to the subject later, saying, "The media's so messed up right now, it's disheartening. It's not just about Trump. He says they're 'the enemy of the people,' and I know why he says it."
When she then called the media "biased," Maher challenged her assertion, noting that she had worked for right-leaning network Fox News. Kelly responded that Fox News brought balance to the rest of media: "Fox was born and did so well because ... the rest of the media was biased to the left," she said.
After Maher countered that the media was biased toward "money," Kelly took the example of CNN, which she said she used to watch while she worked at Fox News: "My view is CNN became the things Trump said they were and weren't and now they are. They're basically indistinguishable from NBC."
If you cover President Trump responsibly, Maher argued, "you're going to look left-leaning." In response, Kelly launched into a personal anecdote, saying that while she was NBC and Trump attacked her frequently, "it took everything to go on the set and not take it personally." She added, "You just have to remember it's not about you, it's about the audience and the truth."
When the subject of the major network came up, the pair took on "cancel culture." Kelly parted ways with NBC following controversial remarks about blackface, while Bill Maher didn't have his contract renewed at ABC in 2003 following his own remarks about 9/11. "My own take on it is the country's going through something right now. Marginalized people are rising up and trying to find positions at the table. The difference is, how do you do it?" Kelly said. As a woman, she said she in part understood that experience. "Do we do it with grace and humanity and understanding that people make mistakes...? We can't expect a perfect score of any person."
She later added that younger generations have always enlightened older generations but that "canceling" older mindsets went too far. "If that was the case, we wouldn't have had an Obama second term," she said, noting that former president Barack Obama...
In response to the COVID-19 crisis, Vice TV has ordered Shelter in Place with Shane Smith, a new half-hour weekly interview show hosted by the Vice Media Group founder. It’s set to premiere Thursday, April 9 at 10 PM with two back-to-back episodes.
In the series, produced through remote video interviews from Smith’s home in Santa Monica, Smith will tackle the biggest questions of the moment with experts from the fields of science, journalism, entertainment, food and economics.Vice Media
“I'm at home, you're at home and our news cycle is changing by the minute,” said Smith. “So, I decided to dial up some of the world's foremost thinkers to offer us some much needed perspective and get to some truth on what we should be doing in this time like none other.” You can watch a preview clip below.
Smith’s first guest will be whistleblower Edward Snowden, who delves into the world of surveillance, privacy and our future civil liberties as international governments and autocratic regimes enact bold, new policies to curb the virus.
“When any of us look at where this is heading, we need to think about where we’ve been,” said Snowden. “And sadly, these kind of emergency powers that are born out of crises, have a perfect history of abuse”.
The second episode will feature California Governor Gavin Newsom who speaks to Smith about how his state has braced for the pandemic, where the federal government has stumbled, and what is coming next. Dr. Anne Rimoin, a world-leading epidemiologist, is also featured and will speak to how the virus has spread and what we can do about it.
Produced by Vice TV, Shane Smith, Alex Chitty, Maral Usefi are the Executive Producers for Shelter in Place. Jonah Kaplan is Supervising Producer.
Shelter in Place will be available on Vice TV via all major satellite and cable providers; ViceTV.com; and the Vice TV app via iOS, Android, Apple TV, Roku, and Chromecast. The first two episodes will be available for free on Vice & Munchies YouTube page.
Shelter in Place with Shane Smith is the latest programming from Vice TV produced in response to COVID-19. Vice Quarantine Hour is a limited variety series airing weekdays at 8 AM ET/PT. Vice TV's Emmy-winning nightly newscast is airing dedicated COVID-19 episodes with Vice News Tonight: Remote.
If nothing below suits your sensibilities, check out our guide to What You Should Watch On Streaming Right Now.
Late-night shows largely went on hiatus a few weeks ago to protect their crews and audiences, but they're finding a way to get the job done, regardless.
Conan — Team Coco is shooting through an iPhone with guest Sophie Turner, who's promoting her new Quibi show, Survive.
The Tonight Show With Jimmy Fallon — Demi Lovato, Jonathan Van Ness
Jimmy Kimmel Live! — Samuel L. Jackson, Sean Paul featuring Tove Lo
The Late Show With Stephen Colbert — Guests TBA
Full Frontal With Samantha Bee — Back on Wednesday!
Late Night With Seth Meyers — Senator Elizabeth Warren
A Little Late With Lilly Singh — Natalya Neidhart, Alexa Bliss
The Daily Show With Trevor Noah — Noah's reporting live from his couch, and naturally, the subject of the night will be the ongoing pandemic and social distancing.
Here's the rest of the evening's notable programming:
NCIS CBS, 8:00 p.m. — A hostage situation following a jewelry robbery challenges the team when the situation moves to a nearby diner.
Empire FOX, 9:00 p.m. — Cookie makes a shocking discovery while digging into finances, and that leads to conflict with Giselle. Meanwhile, wedding day fears are on tap for Teri over Andre's temper. Girl, don't do it.
FBI: Most Wanted CBS, 10:00 p.m. — A former counter-intelligence officer that leaked classified information is on the loose after he attacked his former partners.
For Life ABC, 10:00 p.m. — An inmate's fighting for the right to marry his dying love while Anya's marriage with Safiya might be in trouble.