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Megyn Kelly plays coy on if she’ll moderate a debate

Megyn Kelly played coy when asked if she’d consider moderating a presidential debate, exclusively telling DailyMail.com, ‘You think they can handle me?’

The former Fox News anchor, who has been lying low since she was ousted from NBC last October, made the sly remark while heading to the wedding of Fox contributor Guy Benson and Adam Wise in Napa, California on Saturday.  

Kelly wished the happy couple congratulations, proud that she inadvertently brought them together after featuring Benson on her old Fox show The Kelly File in 2015 where the 34-year-old came out as gay on live television.

The 48-year-old said of Benson: ‘He’s a doll and you know what, Napa doesn’t suck either. It’s a double combination of good things.’ 

Kelly also revealed while she is pleased actress Charlize Theron is playing her in Bombshell, the upcoming film about the Fox News scandal surrounding the late Roger Ailes, she isn’t sure she’ll be watching the movie when it comes out. 

Megyn Kelly played coy when asked if she’d consider moderating a presidential debate, exclusively telling DailyMail.com, ‘You think they can handle me?’

The former Fox anchor has been lying low since she was ousted from NBC last October. Pictured: Megyn with Bret Baier moderating the debate of the top 2016 U.S. Republican presidential candidates in Iowa in 2015

The former Fox anchor has been lying low since she was ousted from NBC last October. Pictured: Megyn with Bret Baier moderating the debate of the top 2016 U.S. Republican presidential candidates in Iowa in 2015

Kelly said while she is pleased actress Charlize Theron is playing her in Bombshell, the upcoming film about the Fox News scandal surrounding the late Roger Ailes, she isn't sure she'll be watching the movie when it comes out

Double take: Charlize looks incredible as she portrays Fox News anchor Kelly in upcoming movie Bombshell

Kelly said while she is pleased actress Charlize Theron (right) is playing her in Bombshell, the upcoming film about the Fox News scandal surrounding the late Roger Ailes, she isn’t sure she’ll be watching the movie when it comes out

Kelly said she doesn’t know much about the movie, but said she was a fan of Theron, saying: ‘She seems smart, seems like a good mom, so I could do worse.’

She revealed she didn’t watch Showtime’s movie about the scandal, so she wasn’t sure if she would be tuning into Bombshell, which is slated for release December 20.

Kelly was surprised to hear there was already Oscar buzz around the film, which also stars Nicole Kidman as Gretchen Carlson, but said: ‘I’m going to let someone who loves me watch it first and tell me if I should see it or not.’ 

Although Kelly has been spending time with her family since leaving NBC, she is free to work. She  did not have to sign a non-compete agreement with NBC, meaning she is free to moderate a debate if she was offered the gig. 

Later on Saturday, Megyn was pictured beaming alongside her husband Douglas Brunt as she attended Benson and Wise’s wedding.

Ailes resigned from Fox in 2016 after numerous women spoke out about harassment. He died the following year

Ailes resigned from Fox in 2016 after numerous women spoke out about harassment. He died the following year

The couple met after Benson came out on Kelly’s show and Wise reached out to him. Before long, Benson and Wise, a 24-year-old consultant for the federal government,  fell in love and got engaged in 2018.

The two tied in the knot in a romantic ceremony at the Charles Krug Winery before 150 close guests including Kelly, who brought them together in the first place.

‘We don’t socialize all the time with Megyn; we’ll occasionally exchange notes, but just given what she did with us, with me, for me four years ago, there was no way that I was not going to invite her to this culmination of that journey that in some ways began on her show,’ Benson said to People Magazine on inviting the 48-year-old journalist. 

Benson, who hosts Fox News Radio’s The Guy Benson Show, appeared on Kelly’s show back in 2015 to promote his new book End of Discussion. In addition to promoting his book, he came out as gay. 

‘In the book, in a footnote, I came out as gay because there was a whole chapter about gay rights and the religious liberties, and I felt like it was important for me to disclose to the audience just ethically, yes, from a journalism perspective,’ Benson said.  

Kelly inadvertently brought Benson (right) and Wise (left) together. She had Benson on her former Fox show The Kelly File back in 2015 where he came out as gay on live television which prompted Wise reached out to him. The loved up couple pictured at their wedding Saturday

Kelly inadvertently brought Benson (right) and Wise (left) together. She had Benson on her former Fox show The Kelly File back in 2015 where he came out as gay on live television which prompted Wise reached out to him. The loved up couple pictured at their wedding Saturday

Megyn Kelly, 48, was all smiles as she attended the wedding of Fox contributor Guy Benson and Adam Wise on Saturday in Napa Valley California. Pictured with husband Douglas Brunt

Megyn Kelly, 48, was all smiles as she attended the wedding of Fox contributor Guy Benson and Adam Wise on Saturday in Napa Valley California. Pictured with husband Douglas Brunt 

Benson first discussed his sexuality during a sit-down interview on The Kelly File back in 2015.

Benson appeared on the show back in 2015 to promote his new book End of Discussion. In addition to promoting his book, he came out as gay.

Benson first discussed his sexuality during a sit-down interview on The Kelly File back in 2015 (above). Wise was watching the segment with his parents in Colorado and decided to e-mail Benson to say he inspired him and the pair soon after fell in love 

I do! The two tied in the knot in a romantic ceremony at the Charles Krug Winery in Napa Valley, California on Saturday before 150 close guests including their inadvertent matchmaker Kelly

I do! The two tied in the knot in a romantic ceremony at the Charles Krug Winery in Napa Valley, California on Saturday before 150 close guests including their inadvertent matchmaker Kelly

Wise was watching the segment with his parents in Colorado and decided to e-mail Benson to say he inspired him. 

‘I wanted help reconciling being a conservative and being gay. I’d come out, I’d been out for a while,’ Wise said. 

The couple then met in person and started dating after bonding over binge-watching Netflix’s Making a Murderer together. 

‘There was a reason that I approached Megyn in the first place about doing this very sensitive interview at that vulnerable moment in my life, because I trusted her and I knew that she would be a total class act and a total professional about it, and she of course delivered. And just, you don’t really ever forget someone doing something like that for you, ever,’ Benson said on his special relationship with Kelly. 

Kelly, who has been lying low since she was ousted from NBC last October, issued a rare public statement in June to wish the couple her best ahead of their wedding. 

‘Guy had the challenge of coming out publicly with grace and dignity, and I was honored to be any small part of it,’ she said. 

‘I’m thrilled about his upcoming nuptials and wish him and Adam incredible happiness,’ she added. 

Kelly was seen hugging guests at the wedding with her husband at her side

She sported a multicolor summer gown for the wedding

Kelly, who has been lying low since she was ousted from NBC last October, was seen hugging guests at the California wedding with her husband at her side

Kelly appeared to be in good spirits as she chatted with guests at the romantic Napa Valley wedding

Kelly appeared to be in good spirits as she chatted with guests at the romantic Napa Valley wedding 

Kelly had Benson on her former Fox show The Kelly File back in 2015 where he came out as gay on live television. Wise, then a stranger watching the segment on TV, reached out to him. Soon after the two started dating and in 2018 announced their engagement

Kelly had Benson on her former Fox show The Kelly File back in 2015 where he came out as gay on live television. Wise, then a stranger watching the segment on TV, reached out to him. Soon after the two started dating and in 2018 announced their engagement

Speaking on the start of their relationship Benson said their relationship sparked immediately. 

‘It became clear pretty early on that it just, that things clicked,’ Benson said. 

‘We’re both organized and driven human beings. We just work well together. We’re best friends. He’s my home,’ Wise said. 

Some of the star guests invited to the lavish wedding included Fox Business Network contributor Lisa Kennedy, and conservative TV talking heads Katie Pavlich and Hugh Hewitt.

Benson and Wise said ‘I do’ wearing matching gray J. Crew suits and ties that paid homage to their respective alma maters. Benson wore lavender for Northwestern and Wise wore sage green for Colorado State. 

Kelly tweeted about the 'incredibly special night' after attending the nuptials

Kelly tweeted about the ‘incredibly special night’ after attending the nuptials

The loved up couple pictured on Capitol Hill in July

The loved up couple pictured on Capitol Hill in July 

Following the ceremony guests enjoyed a three-course meal that included a tomato, feta, and bacon salad, bavette steak with a potato puree, and a sweet and savory cheese course.

Instead of a wedding cake for dessert, guests picked from a dessert station with four or five different sweets. 

The reception dance floor included dueling pianos and for the first dance Bensen and Wise waltzed with their mothers. 

‘It’s great to have someone that you’ve found in your life that compliments you really well. And our hope is that for many, many years, we will find both of our lives easier with two,’ the couple said on their special day.  

Kelly left the Fox network in 2017 to join NBC on the Today Show abruptly left in 2018, exiting with a $30million settlement with the peacock network. 

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