Donald Trump (Kind of) Apologizes to Megyn Kelly for Calling Her a 'Bimbo': 'Ooo. Okay. Did I Say That?'
The Fox News correspondent interviewed the presumptive Republican presidential nominee on her primetime special, Megyn Kelly Presents
The presumptive Republican presidential nominee and Fox News correspondent sat down for an interview on Kelly’s primetime special Megyn Kelly Presents, airing the same night Trump was predicted to win the Oregon Republican primary.
In the interview, Kelly, 45, questioned whether Trump, 69, considers any of his controversial actions on the campaign trail mistakes.
“Yeah, I guess so, but you have to go forward. You make a mistake and then you have to go forward and you can correct the mistake,” he said, but added that it’s “not healthy” to live in the past.
Regarding his retweeting several Twitter users who called Kelly a “bimbo,” “many times,” she noted, Trump addressed Kelly directly.
“Ooo. Okay. Did I say that? Excuse me,” Trump replied sheepishly, also noting, “Over your life, Megyn, you’ve been called a lot worse … It’s a modern form of fighting back.”
Kelly responded: “It’s not about me. It’s about the messaging to young girls.”
In the interview, Trump also admitted that he does have some regrets about his campaign.
“I could’ve done certain things differently. I could’ve used different language in a few instances, but overall I have to be proud of what I’ve done,” he said. “If I were soft, if I were ‘presidential’ … if I hadn’t fought back the way I fought back, I don’t think I would’ve been successful.”
And if all this hard work doesn’t pay off with a seat in the Oval Office?
“Unless I win, I can’t do the changes, I can’t make America great again,” he said. “If I don’t go all the way and if I don’t win, I will consider it to be a total and complete waste of time, energy and money.”
The much-ballyhooed sit-down between candidate and reporter was sometimes gushingly cozy, with Kelly confessing that she pictures Trump in “crushed-velvet smoking jacket, chaise lounge, slippers,” tweeting into the night.
And Trump said he would not direct his Twitter rants at her any longer: “I’m going to stop it about you now because I think I like our relationship right now.”
Trump had promised to live-tweet the interview, treating it like must-see event TV. But he stuck to mostly re-tweeting favorable reviews.
And Kelly, who herself sat for several TV and print interviews the past two weeks to promote her interview with Trump, punctuated Tuesday’s broadcast with the announcement that she’s writing a book. The memoir, she promised, would trace her career from “unhappy lawyer years ago” to today.
“And yes, for the first time, I will speak openly about my year with Donald Trump,” Kelly told viewers. “You can pre-order it now.”
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The duo have had a tumultuous past year, beginning when Kelly pushed Trump to address his role in “the war on women” during the first Republican debate in August. Not long after, Trump took to social media to bash Kelly and her journalism skills, including that retweeting of several users who referred to her as a “bimbo.”
When Trump continued to attack Kelly on social media, a Fox News spokesperson told PEOPLE that “Donald Trump’s vitriolic attacks against Megyn Kelly and his extreme, sick obsession with her is beneath the dignity of a presidential candidate who wants to occupy the highest office in the land.”
In April, however, Kelly requested a meeting with Trump, where they cleared the air and Trump agreed to appear on Megyn Kelly Presents. Since filming the interview, the pair have spoken respectfully about each other.
“I have great respect for the fact that Megyn was willing to call me,” Trump said. “Few people would have been able to do that. She has natural showbiz ability with unlimited potential.”