FOX News moderators Megyn Kelly, center, and Bret Baier, right, listens as Chris Wallace, left, beings introductions during the first Republican presidential debate at the Quicken Loans Arena Thursday, Aug. 6, 2015, in Cleveland. (AP Photo/John Minchillo)
Photograph by John Minchillo — AP
By Claire Groden
August 13, 2015

Megyn Kelly isn’t backing down after presidential contender Donald Trump’s controversial comments about her following this month’s Republican primary debate. The Fox News anchor will moderate the channel’s next GOP debate in January alongside hosts Brett Baier and Chris Wallace, the Los Angeles Times reports.

Kelly threw Trump a series of pressing questions in the last debate, grilling the real estate mogul on his history of calling women “fat pigs, dogs, slobs and disgusting animals.” The following morning, Trump embarked on a Twitter rampage against the host, quoting his supporters who called her “a total failure” and “unprofessional.” On CNN that evening, Trump said that Kelly had “blood coming out of her eyes, blood coming out of her wherever”–a remark that many viewers interpreted as a comment on the moderator’s menstrual cycle. (Trump later insisted that “wherever” is code for “nose.”)

Kelly opened her show the following Monday by addressing the controversy, saying, “I certainly will not apologize for doing good journalism, so I’ll continue doing my job without fear or favor.” At the time, she declined to criticize Trump. But she’ll have her chance in the new year to dig into the bombastic candidate again–assuming he’s still in the race and fits Fox’s so-far-undeclared criteria.

 

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