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"What the hell is wrong with you?": Roger Ailes reveals what he told Donald Trump after his Megyn Kelly feud erupted

Ailes tells all to Adweek after it hails the Fox News head honcho as the "media visionary of the year"


Sophia Tesfaye
December 1, 2015 12:03AM (UTC)

Fox News chairman and CEO Roger Ailes has been named Adweek's 2015 Media Visionary of the Year as part of the industry publication's annual Hot List and in a new interview with the publication, Ailes finally revealed some details about his private meeting with Donald Trump after the dominating Republican frontrunner waged on all-out assault on Fox News favorite Megyn Kelly after the first GOP presidential debate.

"I said, 'What the hell is wrong with you?'" Ailes told Adweek after noting that he and Trump shared a "surprisingly enough" friendly relationship for thirty years.

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"The United States is at war with every goddamn country in the Middle East and you're at war with Megyn Kelly and you think that looks good," Ailes said he told Trump. "It doesn't look good."

During the first Republican debate on Fox News, Trump lashed out at Kelly, a debate co-moderator, for daring to ask about his past comments on women.

“Honestly, Megyn, if you don’t like it, I’m sorry. I’ve been very nice to you, even though I don’t have to be given the way you treat me, but I wouldn’t do that," he pushed-back on stage to surprisingly loud applause in the Cleveland stadium.

He continued his personal attacks on Kelly on Twitter immediately after the debate ended and even kept up the complaints that "the bimbo's back in town" after Kelly returned from an abrupt vacation following the debate. Trump also told CNN that he presumed she had blood "coming out of her wherever."

In August, Ailes released a statement calling on Trump to apologize to Kelly but never received it from his old friend publicly. Trump has previously threatened to boycott the cable news giant but, of course, continues to call in regularly.

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Sophia Tesfaye

Sophia Tesfaye is Salon's Deputy Politics Editor and resides in Washington, D.C. You can find her on Twitter at @SophiaTesfaye.

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