Megyn Kelly on Wednesday revealed in an interview with Ellen DeGeneres that it was President Trump’s constant vicious attacks that led to her decision to depart Fox News after a 12-year career with the cable news network.
“Donald Trump has a way of clarifying one’s life choices,” Kelly told Ellen. “And that was true in my case too.”
“Just as I was wondering if this is where I wanted to be and how I wanted to live, the universe sort of came and shone a light and it was clear to me what I wanted to do.”
She said her job at the news network had become like a “snake pit” and she kept “getting pulled back in” thanks to Trump’s tweets and incessant attacks. “This wasn’t the life I wanted,” she admitted.
Ellen revealed to Kelly that she would never welcome Trump to her show.
“I would not have him on the show,” Ellen said.
“He is who he is and he has enough attention. He has his Twitter account and he has ways to get his message across.”
“There is nothing I’m going to say to him that’s going to change him, and I don’t want to give him a platform because it validates him.”
“For me to have someone on the show, I have to at least admire them in some way, and I can’t have someone that I feel is dangerous – not only for the country, and for me personally as a gay woman – but to the world.”
“He’s dividing all of us… I don’t want him on the show.”
Ellen has remained a vocal critic of the president, condemning his move to ban transgender troops from the military.
“We should be grateful to the people who wish to serve, not turn our backs on them. Banning transgender people is hurtful, baseless and wrong,” Ellen said at the time.
When Trump pushed a travel ban targeting people from Muslim-majority countries, she said: “I don’t get political, but I will say that I am against [the ban].
“I am not going to talk about the travel ban. I am just going to talk about the very non-political, People’s Choice Award-winning film ‘Finding Dory.’”
“Dory arrives in America with her friends, Marlon and Nemo, and she arrives at the Marine Life Institute behind a large wall. And they all have to get over the wall. And you won’t believe it, but that wall has almost no effect in keeping them out.”
“The other animals help Dory. Animals that don’t even need her. Animals that have nothing in common with her.”
“They help her even though they are completely different colours, because that’s what you do when you see someone in need. You help them.”