In its victory lap on Tuesday announcing Megyn Kelly’s departure from Fox News for two new shows at NBC News set to debut later this year, some observers suggested NBC slightly “flubbed” one important aspect of Kelly’s background.
The network’s official announcement on Tuesday dubbed Kelly “one of America’s most prominent news anchors” and claimed she “has interviewed a wide range of national and international newsmakers, including both President-elect Donald Trump and President Barack Obama.”
There was only one issue: While Kelly interviewed Obama as a US senator during the 2008 presidential campaign, she never interviewed him while he served as president.
In an April interview with Variety, Kelly listed President Obama and first lady Michelle Obama as two of her dream interview candidates.
“I would love to interview Barack Obama, and I’d love to interview Michelle Obama,” Kelly said. “Have you ever seen her on Fox News? The Obamas are not big fans. I understand that. I still think they should do it. I think they would be able to reach a lot of people they don’t normally reach, and I’d be very fair.”
Kelly told Jimmy Kimmel in 2014 that she met the Obamas at a White House holiday party, where she made an awkward joke about running for office, but that was about the extent of their personal relationship.
Few big-name Fox News personalities have scored big-name interviews with the president. Though he once called the Obama administration the “biggest bunch of crybabies” he’d ever seen, “Fox News Sunday” host Chris Wallace interviewed Obama on-air during his presidency, and Obama has also sat down with Bill O’Reilly.
In November, Kelly slammed Obama for his criticism of Fox News, asking why he spoke to Fox News infrequently during his time in office.
“Why not speak to the country that watches Fox News and trusts it?” Kelly asked her panel.
When panelist Lawrence Korb said Obama had done interviews with Wallace and O’Reilly, Kelly dismissed Korb’s point.
“Oh, please,” she said.
NBC’s announcement on Tuesday came after months of speculation about Kelly’s future at Fox News, as she and 21st Century Fox Chairman Rupert Murdoch appeared to publicly negotiate aspects of her contact through media outlets.
Editor’s Note: A previous version of this story claimed that Kelly had not interviewed Obama. It has since been updated to reflect that Kelly interviewed Obama while he was serving in the US senate in 2008, but not as president.