EWB: Tucker Carlson once asked
on the set of “Fox & Friends”: “Are female breadwinners a recipe for disharmony within the home?” Now, the departure of Ailes was an inflection point for Fox News, meaning that there was perhaps a chance to take the programming in a different direction. Among the first major moves was to place this guy Carlson in the [prime-time] lineup. Did you lobby for him; if not, for whom did you? And to what extent does he represent a future that you’d like to see for Fox News?
KELLY: As far as that particular comment, I refer you to my segment with Lou Dobbs and Erick Erickson
. In which I famously challenged two guys at my network for saying exactly that kind of thing, so you know how I feel about comments like that. As far as Tucker, though, I don’t think you can sum up the man based on a comment here, a comment there. My experience with him has been nothing but delightful and respectful and I think he’s a huge talent and I am thrilled to see him hosting the 7 p.m. show — thrilled.
EWB: Have you seen any of the misogyny that he did at the Daily Caller, including the website with all the titty clickbait
and all that stuff? Does that matter to you?
KELLY: I don’t — no, I haven’t see that and I don’t know what you’re referring to. It’s not like Tucker is at my house every night for dinner, but I have known him for a long time and what I’ve seen of him is a man who’s respectful and kind and loving and actually so far in his time at 7 p.m., I happen to know has reached out to a lot of women who may not get on camera that often to say, “Would you like a shot, would you like to come on? I think you’re great.” All I’ve heard from my female colleagues is gratitude for new opportunities since he’s taken over that show. So I am a big Tucker fan and I believe he’s a good person and will continue to believe that until somebody gives me great reason to believe otherwise.