November 15, 2016
Megyn Kelly says that she never believed she could be as happy as she is today doing a job she loves.
“I feel like people look at me now and they see this pulled-together news woman and what I want people to know is that when I was younger, I was overweight, I had bad skin, I had a terrible tragedy in my family - my father died suddenly – and I was badly bullied for a period,” Kelly tells Dr. Phil in this web exclusive. “Lots of things happened in my … and I’ve managed to change my life and succeed.”
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In her new memoir, “Settle For More,” a book Kelly says transcends gender, politics and age, Kelly reveals how being bullied as a teen changed her life forever.
“The bullying changed me in many ways that I didn’t even fully realize until I was an adult and realized that I really had put a protective veneer over myself, and it wasn’t until I became an adult and actually a television personality that I realized that was very self-defeating,” Kelly tells Dr. Phil. “Unfortunately, it went on so long for me that I think it did do some permanent damage that took me years to really figure out.”
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Kelly, host of the Fox Cable News channel show The Kelly File, continues, “There were a lot of consequences to that year in terms of me putting up a protective veneer and thinking it would protect me and keep me safe. And in fact what it did was keep me alienated from a lot of people, including a lot of girls, women who I think sensed this tough veneer and thought, screw her. That’s not attractive. I don’t want to befriend that. So then it becomes a self-fulfilling prophecy because those girls in the seventh grade didn’t like you and meanwhile, you’re putting out there, ‘I am not likeable, because I’m this hard-shelled.’ But you’re just a normal person who is scared.”
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In the video above, hear about a phone call Kelly had with Jon Stewart where she says she “confronted” him for “mischaracterizing” her. And on Friday's episode of Dr. Phil, Kelly opens about her clash during the first debate with then Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump and her allegations that Roger Ailes sexually harassed her, allegations he has publicly denied. Check here to see where you can watch