This post has been updated with Kelly's Monday appearances on ABC's "Good Morning America" and CBS's "Late Show."
Megyn Kelly's highly anticipated broadcast interview with Donald Trump airs Tuesday — not on Fox News but on "big Fox, 'American Idol' Fox," as Kelly recently told her viewers. And after a number of teasers and a few deductions, we can already draw some conclusions.
Fox announced the sit-down April 25 and aired the first promo with interview footage on May 6, so Kelly and Trump presumably taped their conversation sometime during the 10-day interim. Both have discussed the meeting publicly in the last two weeks, and Kelly has played some clips on her prime-time cable show. Here's what we know — and what we can infer.
Kelly confronts Trump directly about his attacks on her
"Let's talk about us," Kelly says with dramatic flair in the promo for "Megyn Kelly Presents," which includes interviews with other newsmakers, too.
"I wasn't so fond of you at the time, I will tell you," Trump replies, referring to the storm of criticism he unleashed after Kelly, as a debate moderator last Aug. 6, questioned his presidential "temperament" and comments about women.
It's unclear how much of the session is devoted to this subject, but the months-long (and basically Trump-instigated) conflict between the "Kelly File" host and the presumptive Republican presidential nominee is the main hook. In an appearance on ABC's "Live with Kelly and Michael" last week, Megyn Kelly said she asked Trump to explain why he was so bothered by that question, in which Kelly cited some of his previous, nasty remarks about women.
"We get into that," she said. "You know, I asked him about words he has used about women. Everything I said came from his mouth. Andy my point was not to pass Megyn Kelly's judgment on his language; it was to say, 'Hillary Clinton is the likely Democratic nominee. You know she's going to hit you with this. You have a long history of making these comments about women. She's going to hit you with this. So why should these Republicans make you the nominee?'"
At one point, Kelly basically calls Trump a bully
Kelly made an appearance on ABC's "Good Morning America" Monday and brought some new footage with her. In the latest excerpt, she asks Trump if he was ever bullied as a child.
TRUMP: No, I wasn't. But I have seen bullying, and bullying doesn't have to just be as a child. I mean, I know people are bullied when they're 55 years old.
KELLY: It can happen when you're 45.
Forty-five, of course, refers to Kelly's own age. She's pretty clearly calling herself a target of bullying — and it's obvious who her bully is.
"There are some tense moments," Kelly told George Stephanopoulos on "GMA." "You know, there were some, I think, honest moments, some contentious moments. I would say overall the tone was cordial, but there will be some moments where people will be feeling a little uncomfortable."
Kelly and Trump hadn't broached the subject of their feud beforehand
The interview airing Tuesday stemmed from an April 13 meeting at Trump Tower that surprised the rest of the media — and the doorman, as Kelly joked on her program that evening.
Kelly also told viewers at the time that she and Trump "had a chance to clear the air," which seemed to suggest some kind of preliminary discussion of the real estate mogul's insults.
But Kelly told Jimmy Fallon on NBC's "Tonight Show" last week that the taped interview was actually the first time the subject came up. She said she didn't go there during the initial meeting.
"I didn’t ask him about any of the tweets or any of the things he'd said, because I was looking to move past that," Kelly said. "You know, I didn’t want to go to the acrimonious place. So we had a normal conversation, like candidate and reporter. Then we sat down together for an interview, and in that interview we do talk about what happened."
Trump comes away with new respect for Kelly
In a statement to People magazine last week, Trump said, "I have great respect for the fact that Megyn was willing to call me. Few people would have been able to do that."
And in an interview excerpt Kelly aired on her show last Monday night, he says something similar: "I have great respect for you, that you were able to call me and say, 'Let's get together, and let's talk.' To me, I would not have done that. I don't say that as, you know, a positive; I think it's a negative for me. And you walk into Trump Tower. We didn't [meet] on a neutral site or over at Fox or something. That would be a whole different thing, and I wouldn't have done it."
But Trump doesn't apologize
PHIL ELLIOTT: Did he apologize?
KELLY: No. No apology was requested, either.
Kelly isn't sorry, either — in fact, she says it's her job to throw punches
Trump calls himself a "counter puncher" in the interview, arguing his jabs at Kelly and others have been purely defensive. But Kelly told Stephen Colbert on CBS's "Late Show" Monday that she doesn't see things that way.
COLBERT: Do you think that's true? Do you think he only responds, he only counter punches? Or does he start?
KELLY: I think it's complicated because I think he thought coming after me was a counter punch against me. But I would argue as journalists, we are the counter punchers. The politicians get up there, they make their comments, they offer their policies or their characters to be assessed by the American people. Then it's our job to punch them a little bit. I mean, we're really the only thing that stands between them and the Oval Office, so we have to ask tough questions, which, in my own view, doesn't make us fair game for a year of personal insults.
Also, the feud could start again at any time
Besides not saying "sorry," Trump also makes no promise that the cease-fire will last. In fact, an interview clip shows him warning Kelly that "this could happen again with us — even doing this particular interview."
Kelly raises her eyebrows in surprise. Trump's willingness to do the interview at all seemed to indicate he was ready to move on, but he makes clear in the conversation with Kelly that he'll only play nice so long as he believes he is treated fairly.
Kelly could be looking for a bigger stage
"I have to keep my options open," Kelly told Variety last month, referring to the expiration of her Fox News contract after the election. Giving Kelly a special on Fox broadcasting, as opposed to her regular home on cable, could be part of the company's effort to keep her.
In the Time interview last week, she described her dream job: "A little Oprah, a little Charlie Rose and a little me. Of course, my husband would say there’d be a little Larry the Cable Guy sprinkled in there, too."
That's pretty vague, but it doesn't sound quite like "The Kelly File." "Megyn Kelly Presents" could be the start of something bigger, and the Trump interview is a big part of what's ahead.
Trump is now on good terms with Fox News
Trump warns Kelly in the interview that he might come after her again, but he hasn't said anything mean about her in more than a week since the taping, so it seems safe to assume that they left on good terms.
And it's worth noting here that it was never just about Trump and Kelly. The candidate routinely griped about Fox News coverage during the primary season. He briefly boycotted all of the cable channel's shows, pulled out of one debate sponsored by Fox and forced the cancellation of another.
The Kelly accord — however fragile — seems to symbolize a new era of civil relations between Trump and the network. Lately, he has been an almost-daily presence on "Fox & Friends" in the mornings.
We shall see what comes of his big interview with her.