28 Jan

Megyn Kelly interviewed Michael Moore

On Tuesday’s Kelly File, Fox News host Megyn Kelly had lefty filmmaker Michael Moore on to promote his film, Where to Invade Next, but Moore mostly wanted to talk about Donald Trump. “In all seriousness, let me say this,” Moore said, after a good minute of peppering Kelly with sympathy over her standoff with the GOP presidential frontrunner: “You have done something that Jeb Bush, Chris Christie, Rubio, Cruz, none of them have been able to do — which is, essentially, to frighten him, make him run, shut him down.”

Kelly was done being asked the questions on her own show. “This is why [Bill] O’Reilly never had [you] back,” she said, laughing. “No, he didn’t have me back because I won the debate,” Moore said. Kelly steered the topic to politics, saying she assumed Moore is backing Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.). Moore was noncommittal, saying he endorsed Sanders in his first congressional race but really likes Hillary Clinton, too. Kelly then asked him about President Obama, with whom Moore has expressed some disappointment.

When asked for his biggest regrets, Moore said he would have liked Obama to have enacted a single-payer health care system. “He couldn’t get that through!” Kelly said, putting her in the odd position of defending Obama on Fox News. Moore said he also would have liked Obama to close Guantanamo Bay. “He tried!” Kelly said. The interview was so surprisingly cordial that Kelly wound up telling Moore about being chubby as a kid and recommending a diet book. “Now you’re really ruining my rep — I got to get out of here,” she finally said. It’s probably the least expected, most entertaining interview you’ll see all night, and you can watch below.

Peter Weber

Michael Moore Talks 2016 Race, Obama’s Legacy and More With Megyn Kelly

Peter Weber is a senior editor at, and has handled the editorial night shift since the website launched in 2008. A graduate of Northwestern University, Peter has worked at Facts on File and The New York Times Magazine. He speaks Spanish and Italian and plays bass and rhythm cello in an Austin rock band.

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