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Report: Megyn Kelly will interview Vladimir Putin . . . fingers crossed

"Sunday Night with Megyn Kelly" debuts this Sunday, possibly with the Russian president in tow

Matthew Rozsa
June 1, 2017 2:36PM (UTC)

It seems that Megyn Kelly's new show on NBC will premiere this Sunday with a guest just as big as President Donald Trump himself — Russian President Vladimir Putin.

Putin has agreed to be interviewed by Kelly on June 2, according to The Hollywood Reporter. The interview will take place during Russia's St. Petersburg International Economic Forum. As Kelly's show, "Sunday Night with Megyn Kelly", is set to debut on June 4, she will have only two days to spare should Putin bow out at the last minute.

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Executive producer David Corvo told THR that, even if Putin doesn't show up, he will still be the subject of a segment on Kelly's new program. As Kelly told the publication, "This is an opportunity to be much more well-rounded as a human being and as an anchor."

By contrast, Kelly added, working on a cable news show like Fox News is "just like, 'Swim, for the love of God, swim!' It's always drinking from the firehose."

Kelly's tenure at Fox News is perhaps best remembered for her willingness to be confrontational with then-candidate Trump. At the time, Trump criticized Kelly in terms that many perceived as being sexist, based on Kelly's willingness to ask him tough questions about past comments that many also viewed as being misogynistic. This makes it all the more intriguing to imagine what questions she will pose to Putin, a man who is now inextricably linked with Trump in the public consciousness.

And will Kelly ever interview Trump for "Sunday Night"? As she told THR, "For this show right now, we're focused on different things. Listen, I wouldn't say no to a sit-down with President Trump, but it's not necessarily how I want to kick it off. Especially since we're going to be kicking it off with an interview with Vladimir Putin. How many of those big egos can you fit into one show?"

Matthew Rozsa

Matthew Rozsa is a breaking news writer for Salon. He holds an MA in History from Rutgers University-Newark and is ABD in his PhD program in History at Lehigh University. His work has appeared in Mic, Quartz and MSNBC.

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