By Lisa De Moraes
Fox News Channel’s Megyn Kelly will return to her show tonight, and will address the media drubbing she’s taken after asserting, on her primetime program, that Santa Claus and Jesus Christ were white.
A perfect storm of media/late-night comic panning hailed down in response, coming as it did on the heels of her debut “Tonight Show” appearance, in which she told host Jay Leno, “I am a straight news anchor — I am not one of the opinion hosts at Fox.”
And she was the subject of a long, loving Washington Post profile, in which she was described as a “queen,” a melange of Grace Kelly and Barbara Stanwyck, and a “break in the clouds, an interlude of lucidity” sandwiched between Bill O’Reilly and Sean Hannity, “admitted opinionators who specialize, respectively, in cantankerousness and mongering.”
Kelly was MIA from “The Kelly File” last night, which raised some media eyebrows, since her absence had not been noted in advance, and it would have been her first appearance on the show since Wednesday’s segment on the racial identity of Jesus and St. Nicholas.
FNC said this morning Kelly had not appeared on last night’s show due to illness (she was under the weather during Monday’s “Tonight Show” appearance, declining to shake hands with Leno’s other guest, Simon Cowell because, she said, he’s a “germaphobe”). Fox News said she will return tonight and will address the issue.
On her Wednesday program, while talking with a panel about a piece in Slate called “Santa Claus Should Not Be A White Man Anymore” (the author suggested Santa should be a penguin), Kelly said both Jesus and Santa were white, adding, “Just because it makes you feel uncomfortable it doesn’t mean it has to change … Jesus was a white man, too. It’s like we have, he’s a historical figure that’s a verifiable fact, as is Santa, I just want kids to know that. How do you revise it in the middle of the legacy in the story and change Santa from white to black?”