Megyn Kelly on Mika Brzezinski's 'butt-boy' comments: 'I hope she's forgiven'

Former NBC News host Megyn Kelly is speaking out about MSNBC host Mika Brzezinski. 

Following Mika’s butt-boy comments on "Morning Joe" about Secretary of State Mike Pompeo, Kelly, in a video that the DailyMail got their hands on, said, “I heard she apologized. I didn’t see the apology. I hope she’s forgiven.” 

Brzezinski and the "Morning Joe" panel were discussing the death of Saudi journalist Jamal Khashoggi when she made the controversial remark.

“Why doesn’t Mike Pompeo care right now? Are the pathetic deflections that we just heard when he appeared on ‘Fox & Friends,’ is that a patriot speaking, or a wannabe dictator’s butt-boy? I’m dead serious," she said. "I’m asking, are these the words of a patriot?”

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Megyn Kelly's rise to the top
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Megyn Kelly was born in Illinois in 1970. She was a cheerleader throughout high school and told Katie Couric last year that at the time, she didn't have much ambition. Her father was a college professor and her mother was a nurse. Kelly's father died of a heart attack when she was 15.

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Kelly became more focused on her academics when she started college. She graduated from Syracuse University with a degree in political science in 1992 and went on to earn a JD from Albany Law School in 1995.

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Soon after, Kelly joined prominent law firm Bickel & Brewer as an associate. Later, she spent nine years working for Jones Day. She credits her background in practicing law with helping her stand her ground when interviewing politicians and CEOs.

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Kelly entered the media sphere in 2003, when she started working as a general assignment reporter for an ABC affiliate in Washington, D.C. She covered multiple stories of national interest, including the 2004 presidential race.

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Kelly joined Fox News one year later, in 2004. Former CNN President Jonathan Klein told The New York Times in 2015 that he regretted not hiring Kelly when she was starting out because she was "the one talent you'd want to have from somewhere else."

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Kelly quickly established herself as a leading voice in political journalism while at Fox. She provided wall-to-wall coverage of critical events like the 2013 government shutdown, the Boston Marathon bombing, and the Sandy Hook Elementary School shooting.

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She also gained recognition for her take-no-prisoners approach to interviewing politicians and high-level officials from both sides of the aisle.

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In one attention-grabbing interview, she asked Republican strategist Karl Rove an awkward question when during the 2012 election, when he was forecasting the numbers Republican candidate Mitt Romney needed to win the election: "Is this just math that you do as a Republican to make yourself feel better, or is this real?"

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Her tenure at the network was not without controversy, though. Kelly attracted sharp criticism in 2013 following a segment during which she told the "kids watching at home" that "Santa just is white" and that "Jesus was a white man, too."

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Kelly was roundly criticized for the segment's historical inaccuracy — Santa Claus can be traced back to a real-life monk named St. Nicholas who was from Turkey — and for its racial undertones.

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The segment was lampooned by late-night political satire shows like The Daily Show and The Colbert Report.

"Who are you actually talking to?" Daily Show host Jon Stewart asked after playing Kelly's segment, during which she addressed "all you kids watching at home."

"Children who are sophisticated enough to be watching a news channel at 10 o'clock at night, yet innocent enough to still believe Santa Claus is real, yet racist enough to be freaked out if he isn't white?" Stewart asked, drawing cheers from the audience. 

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Critics have also accused Kelly, who came out as an Independent in 2015, of adopting a double standard in her reporting.

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NEW YORK, NY - OCTOBER 10: Megyn Kelly, host of America Live on set at Fox News studios in New York. Fox News Channel celebrated its 15th anniversary on the air on October 7th.

Things took a turn during a Republican primary debate in 2015 when Kelly became part of the news cycle itself. After she questioned then-Republican candidate Donald Trump about his behavior towards women, Trump implied Kelly had been vindictive and said she had "blood coming out of her eyes, blood coming out of her...wherever."

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The remark, which many perceived as sexist, drew immediate and sustained criticism from observers, while Kelly garnered support from both sides of the political spectrum.

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It wasn't all rosy for the Fox News anchor, though. Kelly told late night host Jimmy Fallon a few months later that she could "no longer go on Twitter" because of the harassment she experienced from Trump and his fans.

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The incident, and Kelly's pushback against it, made her something of a cultural icon during the election. She was even a featured guest during the 2016 "Women In The World" summit hosted by Katie Couric.

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"It is bizarre, it's surreal," Kelly said of her experience with Trump and covering the campaign. She added that she didn't enjoy seeing her own name in the headlines and that she looked forward to moving on from it.

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Kelly again came under the spotlight later that year, when she defended former Fox News host Gretchen Carlson, who had accused Fox News CEO Roger Ailes of sexual misconduct.

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While other network powerhouses like Sean Hannity and Bill O'Reilly leaped to Ailes' defense, Kelly backed Carlson and even encouraged another female Fox News anchor to speak out about the alleged harassment she'd faced from Ailes.

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Kelly later wrote about her own experience with Ailes. At one point, he was "trying to grab me repeatedly and kiss me on the lips," she wrote in her book, "Settle For More."

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After Carlson made her allegations against Ailes public, the network approached Kelly several times to defend the CEO, she wrote, but "there was no way I was going to lie to protect him."

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Throughout the next few months, the network saw a string of high-profile departures that began with Ailes stepping down, host Greta van Susteren leaving to take a job at MSNBC, and finally, Kelly announcing her own departure to NBC.

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Her new, multi-year contract with the network gives Kelly several prominent roles, The New York Times reported earlier this year: she will host a daytime news and talk show, a Sunday night news program, and she will take point on covering prominent breaking stories and political events for the network.

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Kelly had already stepped into her new position prior to debuting her daytime talk show on Monday. Earlier this year, she interviewed Russian President Vladimir Putin in a segment that earned mixed reviews. Many critics felt she didn't press Putin hard enough on his record on human rights and Russia's election interference.

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She also interviewed Alex Jones, an alt-right icon, strong supporter of Donald Trump, and the founder of far-right website InfoWars.

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On Monday, she told her new studio audience that she was "kind of done with politics."

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However, Kelly wore a shirt that had a "pussy bow," a feature that gained traction after the infamous Access Hollywood tape, during which Trump demeaned women and said he could "grab 'em by the p---y," leaked last year. So whether she really plans to stay away from the political fray remains to be seen.

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Mika apologized for the comment, calling it a poor choice of words. 

Kelly's reaction comes after she was fired from NBC in October over her controversial comments about wearing blackface during Halloween. 

Meanwhile, President Trump spoke out against Mika on Twitter, writing, “If it was a Conservative that said what ‘crazed’ Mika Brzezinski stated on her show yesterday, using a certain horrible term, that person would be banned permanently from television. She will probably be given a pass, despite their terrible ratings.” 

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NBC NEWS -- Time's 100 Most Influential People In The World 2008 Gala -- Pictured: (l-r) MSNBC's 'Morning Joe' co-host Mika Brzezinski and host Joe Scarborough attend Time's '100 Most Influential People in the World' Gala at Jazz at Lincoln Center in New York City, NY on May 8, 2008 (Photo by Curtis Means/NBC/NBCU Photo Bank via Getty Images)
NEW YORK - SEPTEMBER 23: MSNBC's Morning Joe Host Joe Scarborough and Co-Host Mika Brzezinski attend the 2008 Moves Power Women event at The Carlton on September 23, 2008 in New York City. (Photo by Charles Eshelman/FilmMagic)
MORNING JOE -- Airdate 03/13/2009 -- Pictured: (l-r) Co-host Mika Brzezinski, Co-host Joe Scarborough (Photo by Virginia Sherwood/NBC/NBCU Photo Bank via Getty Images)
NEW YORK - APRIL 7: 'EXCLUSIVE' Joe Scarborough and co-host Mika Brzezinski host the 'Morning Joe' show on MSNBC on April 7, 2009 in New York City. Scarborough is currently the host of Morning Joe on MSNBC, and had previously hosted Scarborough Country on the same channel. Scarborough served in the United States House of Representatives from 1995 to 2001 as a Republican from the 1st district of Florida. (Photo by Charles Ommanney/Getty Images)
NEW YORK - APRIL 7: 'EXCLUSIVE' Joe Scarborough and co-host Mika Brzezinski host the 'Morning Joe' show on MSNBC on April 7, 2009 in New York City. Scarborough is currently the host of Morning Joe on MSNBC, and had previously hosted Scarborough Country on the same channel. Scarborough served in the United States House of Representatives from 1995 to 2001 as a Republican from the 1st district of Florida. (Photo by Charles Ommanney/Getty Images)
MORNING JOE -- Pictured: (l-r) Willie Geist, Mika Brzezinski, Joe Scarborough -- Broadcastng from New Orleans' John McDonogh High School, MSNBC's Joe Scarborough, Mika Brzezinski and Willie Geist encourage viewers with a community involvement call-to-action (Photo by Cheryl Gerber/NBC/NBCU Photo Bank via Getty Images)
WASHINGTON - APRIL 28: Mika Brzezinski and Joe Scarborough attends the 2010 Atlantic Council awards dinner at the Ritz Carlton Hotel on April 28, 2010 in Washington, DC. (Photo by Leigh Vogel/WireImage)
MORNING JOE -- Pictured: (l-r) Mika Brzezinski, Joe Scarborough, Vice President Joe Biden -- 'Morning Joe' co-hosts Joe Scarborough and Mika Brzezinski speak with Vice President Joe Biden (Photo by Stephen J. Boitano/NBC/NBCU Photo Bank via Getty Images)
UNIVERSAL CITY, CA - MAY 12: Joe Scarborough and Mika Brzezinski attend 'An Evening With NBC Universal' at The Cable Show 2010 at Universal Studios Hollywood on May 12, 2010 in Universal City, California. (Photo by Jason LaVeris/FilmMagic)
MORNING JOE -- Pictured: (l-r) Mika Brzezinski, Willie Geist, Sarah Jessica Parker, Joe Scarborough (Photo by Peter Kramer/NBC/NBCU Photo Bank via Getty Images)
MEET THE PRESS -- Pictured: Mika Brzezinski, co host, center, and host Joe Scarborough, right, appear on 'Morning Joe' for the Morning Joe Bipartisan Health Challenge in Washington, D.C., Thursday, Sept. 16, 2010. (Photo by William B. Plowman/NBC/NBCU Photo Bank via Getty Images)
MORNING SHOW LUNCHEON -- Pictured: (l-r) Morning Joe hosts: Mika Brzezinski, Joe Scarborough at NBC's Morning Show Luncheon on September 23, 2010 (Photo by Peter Kramer/NBC/NBCU Photo Bank via Getty Images)
MORNING JOE -- Pictured: (l-r) Mika Brzezinski, Joe Scarborough -- MORNING JOE co-hosts broadcast live from EDUCATION NATION (Photo by Charles Sykes/NBC/NBCU Photo Bank via Getty Images)
MORNING JOE -- Live from Education Nation with Colin and Mrs. Powell September 28, 2010 -- Pictured (l-r) Co-hosts Mika Brzezinski, Joe Scarborough, Colin Powell, Mrs. Powell (Photo by Ali Goldstein/NBC/NBCU Photo Bank via Getty Images)
NEW YORK - OCTOBER 28: Mika Brzezinski and Joe Scarborough attend the Huffington Post 2010 'Game Changers' event hosted by Arianna Huffington at Skylight Studio on October 28, 2010 in New York, City. (Photo by Theo Wargo/WireImage for Huffington Post)
MORNING JOE -- Decision 2010 -- Pictured: (l-r) Co-host Mika Brzezinski, Host Joe Scarborough (Photo by Virginia Sherwood/NBC/NBCU Photo Bank via Getty Images)
NEW YORK - NOVEMBER 17: TV personalities Mika Brzezinski and Joe Scarborough attend the Robert F. Kennedy Center for Justice & Human Rights Ripple of Hope awards dinner at Chelsea Piers on November 17, 2010 in New York City. (Photo by Michael Loccisano/Getty Images)
NEW YORK - NOVEMBER 22: MSNBC Morning Joe hosts Joe Scarborough and Mika Brzezinski attends the S.L.E. Lupus Foundation's Life Without Lupus 40th anniversary gala at Avery Fisher Hall, Lincoln Center on November 22, 2010 in New York City. (Photo by John W. Ferguson/Getty Images)
NEW YORK, NY - DECEMBER 13: TV personalitys Mika Brzezinski and Joe Scarborough attend Paul McCartney plays World Famous Apollo Theater for first time, celebrating 20 Million Sirius XM Subscribers at The Apollo Theater on December 13, 2010 in New York City. (Photo by Larry Busacca/Getty Images for Sirius XM)
Morning Joe (l-r) Mika Brzezinski and Joe Scarborough discuss the escalating protests in Egypt on set. (Photo by Stacie Freudenberg/NBC/NBCU Photo Bank via Getty Images)
THE VIEW - (2.23.11) Joe Scarborough and Mika Brzezinski appeared on today's episode of 'The View.' 'The View' airs Monday-Friday (11:00 am-12:00 pm, ET) on the ABC Television Network. (Photo by Heidi Gutman/ABC via Getty Images)JOE SCARBOROUGH, MIKA BRZEZINSKI
MORNING JOE -- Live from Crenshaw High School -- Pictured: (l-r) Joe Scarborough, Mika Brzezinski (Photo by Matt Sersion/NBC/NBCU Photo Bank via Getty Images)
Television news personalities Joe Scarborough (L) and Mika Brzezinski attend the 2011 New York City Ballet Fall Gala at the David Koch Theatre at Lincoln Center on September 22, 2011 in New York City.
PASADENA, CA - JANUARY 07: (L-R) Host Joe Scarborough, co-hosts Mika Brzezinski, and Willie Geist speak onstage during the 'Morning Joe' panel during the NBCUniversal portion of the 2012 Winter TCA Tour at The Langham Huntington Hotel and Spa on January 7, 2012 in Pasadena, California. (Photo by Frederick M. Brown/Getty Images)
PALM BEACH, FL - FEBRUARY 17: Joe Scarborough and Mika Brzezinski attend the 7th Annual Everglades Foundation Gala at The Breakers on February 17, 2012 in Palm Beach, Florida. (Photo by Lucien Capehart/Getty Images)
PALM BEACH, FL - FEBRUARY 17: Mika Brzezinski and Joe Scarborough attend the 7th Annual Everglades Foundation Gala at The Breakers on February 17, 2012 in Palm Beach, Florida. (Photo by Lucien Capehart/Getty Images)
NEW YORK, NY - APRIL 11: Mika Brzezinski and Joe Scarborough attend the Hollywood Reporter celebration of 'The 35 Most Powerful People in Media' at the Four Season Grill Room on April 11, 2012 in New York City. (Photo by Larry Busacca/Getty Images)
NEW YORK, NY - MAY 08: Joe Scarborough and Mika Brzezinski arrive to 'Late Show with David Letterman' at Ed Sullivan Theater on May 8, 2012 in New York City. (Photo by Jeffrey Ufberg/WireImage)
New Jersey Governor Chris Christie is interviewed by Morning Joe's Joe Scarborough and Mika Brzezinski at The Republican National Convention in Tampa. (Photo by Brooks Kraft LLC/Corbis via Getty Images)
NBC NEWS - EVENTS -- NBCUniversal News Group Upfront -- Pictured: (l-r) Joe Scarborough, Mika Brzezinski -- (Photo by: Francine Daveta/NBC/NBCU Photo Bank via Getty Images)
NEW YORK, NY - APRIL 22: Joe Scarborough and Mika Brzezinski attends the 2013 Matrix Awards at The Waldorf=Astoria on April 22, 2013 in New York City. (Photo by Steve Mack/FilmMagic)
NEW YORK, NY - MAY 13: TV personalities Joe Scarborough (L) and Mika Brzezinski attend a book signing for Mika Brzezinski's book 'Obsessed: The Fight Against America's (and My Own) Food Addiction' at Barnes & Nobles Union Square on May 13, 2013 in New York, United States. (Photo by Michael Stewart/WireImage)
BOSTON - OCTOBER 30: Mika Brzezinski, left, and Joe Scarborough, right, in the stands before the game. The Boston Red Sox host the St. Louis Cardinals at Fenway Park for Game Six of the 2013 Major League Baseball World Series, Oct. 30, 2013. (Photo by John Tlumacki/The Boston Globe via Getty Images)
NEW YORK, NY - NOVEMBER 12: Joe Scarborough and Mika Brzezinski attend the 'The Right Path: From Ike To Reagan, How Republicans Once Mastered Politics - And Can Again' book event on November 12, 2013 in New York, United States. (Photo by Rob Kim/Getty Images)
TODAY -- Pictured: (l-r) Al Roker, Willie Geist, Dwain Schenk, Mika Brzezinski and Joe Scarborough appear on NBC News' 'Today' show -- (Photo by: Peter Kramer/NBC/NBC NewsWire via Getty Images)
NEW YORK, NY - MAY 01: TV personalities Joe Scarborough (L) and Mika Brzezinski of MSNBC attend the 2014 National Magazine Awards at The New York Marriott Marquis on May 1, 2014 in New York City. (Photo by Paul Zimmerman/Getty Images)
WASHINGTON, DC - APRIL 25: Television journalists Joe Scarborough and Mika Brzezinski attend the 101st Annual White House Correspondents' Association Dinner at the Washington Hilton on April 25, 2015 in Washington, DC. (Photo by Paul Morigi/WireImage)
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