Asked in a new sitdown with Adweek if she would ever consider joining Trump’s administration, the host of The Kelly File was quick with a “No.”
“No, I think first of all that’s a younger person’s game,” she said. “But second of all I don’t need that kind of aggravation in my life, and I have a great job that I don’t want to give up.”
Kelly, 46, who found herself at the center of a bitter and very public feud with Trump throughout his 2016 campaign, said she hasn’t spoken with the president-elect since his election. But she’s confident he’ll eventually agree to grant her an interview.
Asked whether she had put in an official request, Kelly replied, “I’ve corresponded with Ivanka [Trump]. I’m going to assume that I won’t be the very first that he would sit down with after Lesley Stahl, but I actually think he will sit with me. I just want to give him some time.”
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Kelly chronicles her troubles with Trump in her new memoir, Settle for More, in which she describes how the now president-elect initially tried to win her support with lavish gifts before turning nasty when she asked him a pointed question about his treatment of women during a debate she moderated early in the presidential race.
“Every time Trump acted up,” she wrote, “it was like he flipped a switch, instantly causing a flood of intense nastiness.”
Kelly didn’t hesitate to accept Trump’s shocking victory, however, telling Kelly Ripa the day after the election, “Love him or hate him, he’s the president-elect of our country and the one thing he needs now more than ever is our prayers and good wishes for a strong performance.”