The History of the Donald Trump–Megyn Kelly Feud

PHOTO: This combination made from Aug. 6, 2015 photos shows Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump, left, and Fox News Channel host and moderator Megyn Kelly during the first Republican presidential debate at the Quicken Loans Arena, in Cleveland.PlayJohn Minchillo/AP Photo
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In the Fox News special “Megyn Kelly Presents,” set to air tonight, Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump talks about his nearly eight-month back-and-forth dispute with the anchor.

In a clip that aired last week before the full interview, Trump told Kelly, “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.”

Here’s a look at what Kelly once described as the “bizarre” relationship between the two, from the beginning:

Aug. 6, 2015

First Republican Presidential Debate

In a question directed at Trump, Kelly said the GOP hopeful “called women you don't like fat pigs, dogs, slobs and disgusting animals.”

Trump fired back on Twitter after the debate.

Aug. 7–9, 2015

“Blood Coming Out of Her Wherever”

Trump continued to criticize the Fox News host the day after the debate, telling CNN, “There was blood coming out of her eyes, blood coming out of her wherever.”

“I just don't respect her as a journalist,” he continued. “I have no respect for her. I don’t think she’s very good. I think she’s highly overrated.”

In an Aug. 9 interview on ABC News’ “This Week With George Stephanopoulos,” Trump said that he meant Kelly’s nose when he said “wherever,” and he did not apologize for the comments.

Nov. 4, 2015

While Kelly insisted she wouldn’t engage in a feud with Trump, she was quick to respond on social media after a series of attacks from the Republican front-runner.

Jan. 28, 2016

Trump Skips Fox News Debate

Trump skipped a Fox News–hosted debate before the Iowa caucuses, instead holding an event to benefit veterans’ groups, after a battle of statements with Kelly.

Trump’s campaign manager Corey Lewandowski said Trump’s decision had nothing to do with Kelly.

Shortly after that, Trump took to Twitter to call Kelly a “lightweight reporter.”

Trump argued that he wouldn't be treated fairly at the debate.

Feb. 5, 2016

Kelly Addresses Tiff With Trump

Kelly called the spat she and her network had with Trump “bizarre” but added that she hoped he would be at the next debate.

“It was bizarre because I became the story. He was so very focused on me that I became the story, and, you know, you never want to be the story when you’re a news person,” Kelly told ABC News.

She added, “I stand by every question I asked him, and he was not the only one who had tough questions. He was the only one, however, who complained.”

March 3, 2016

GOP Debate in Detroit

Republican presidential candidates went head to head in a debate hosted by Fox News in Detroit.

As the hopefuls offered their final pitches to the people of Michigan before the state’s primary, they welcomed Trump back to the stage and Kelly as a moderator.

It was the first exchange the two had in person since the first Republican debate.

“Mr. Trump, hi. How are you doing?" Kelly asked.

“Hello. Nice to be with you, Megyn,” Trump replied. “You’re looking well. You’re looking well.”

April 13, 2016

Brokered Peace

Trump and Kelly cleared the air during an hourlong meeting in Trump’s office in Trump Tower in New York, putting an end to the public tension between them.

That meeting evidently paved the way for the interview airing tonight.

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