Megyn Marie Kelly (born November 18, 1970) is an American journalist on the Fox News Channel, a political commentator, and a former corporate defense attorney. As of 2016, Kelly hosts The Kelly File weekday evenings from the network's Manhattan headquarters. She previously hosted America Live. Prior to that, Kelly co-hosted America's Newsroom along with Bill Hemmer. From 2007 to 2012, the two reporters hosted Fox News Channel's New Year's Eve specials, "All American New Year". She was included in the 2014 Time list of the 100 most influential people.
America Live in the beginning of July 2013 for maternity leave and returned to host a new nightly program The Kelly File on October 7, 2013. Over the years, The Kelly File has at different times overtaken the channel's regular number one The O'Reilly Factor in ratings. However, The Kelly File has also been overtaken by Hannity.
In December 2013, remarks made by Kelly in reaction to a Slate article drew controversy. On The Kelly File, she said, "For all you kids watching at home, Santa just is white, but this person is just arguing that maybe we should also have a black Santa," adding, "But Santa is what he is, and just so you know, we’re just debating this because someone wrote about it." Kelly also stated that Jesus was a white man later in the segment. Soon after, Jon Stewart, Stephen Colbert, Rachel Maddow, Josh Barro, and others satirized her remarks. Two days later, she made additional on-air statements, characterizing her original comments as "tongue-in-cheek", and that the skin color of Jesus is "far from settled".