Megyn Kelly’s meteoric rise as a popular Fox News host hasn’t just been noticed by her audience and co-workers — it also caught the attention of the editors at Time Magazine, who included her on their list among the 100 most influential people in the world.
Kelly told the crew at “Fox & Friends” Thursday during a telephone interview that although she was honored by the announcement, things have a habit of popping up to keep her feet firmly attached to the ground.
One recent instance occurred when she and her husband met the cast members backstage after a Broadway performance of “The Bridges of Madison County.”
“In the middle of one of my perceivingly brilliant questions, the male lead is like ‘so, do you want a picture?’ They had no idea who I was. My husband tried to throw me a lifeline. The point is, I try not to get drunk on my own wine, because I’d be the only one,” she quipped.
Time included Kelly in the “Pioneers” section of its list. Fox News colleague and senior political analyst Brit Hume did the write-up, and headlined it “an authoritative force in cable news.” It reads:
Ten years ago, my wife Kim, then Fox News’ Washington bureau chief, walked into my office carrying a videocassette. “You have got to see this,” Kim said. It was the audition tape of a local TV reporter then named Megyn Kendall. She was a lawyer and new to the business, but her tape displayed as full a set of the qualities of a network correspondent as I had ever seen: great looks, strong voice, authoritative yet cheerful presence and obvious intelligence. In other words, limitless potential. But there was a problem: we had no openings, which was quickly pointed out to me when I enthused about her during a phone call with Fox News chair Roger Ailes and other executives. “Please,” I asked Roger, “just look at the tape.” I suspected he would see what I had seen. He did, and an opening was created. From the start, Megyn gave us insightful Supreme Court coverage, and she was among the first to spot flaws in the false rape charges against the Duke lacrosse players. She was too good to last as a mere correspondent, and she didn’t. The rest, as they say, is history.
Watch the interview via Fox News, then check out “Deputy loses it on retired Marine who was taping her entire meltdown.”
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