President Putin:Megyn Kelly spoke with Russian president Vladimir Putin on Thursday night in St. Petersburg ahead of their sit-down interview on Friday.
The pair were photographed chatting together at a dinner being held at the Konstantin Palace, a conversation that Kelly revealed would be aired later that day on NBC.
‘At state dinner party at Konstantin Palace in St. Petersburg with Russian President Putin and Indian PM Modi. More tonight @NBCNightlyNews,’ wrote Kelly on Twitter, sharing a photo of herself and a transfixed Putin.
For her big night out, Kelly opted to wear a $990 blue velvet dress from Yigal Azrouel that was off-the-shoulder and featured a large slit.
She paired the look with some massive velvet pumps and an oversized gold ring, while painting her toenails black for the occasion.
Kelly was later photographed walking through the lobby of her hotel with Noah Oppenheim, the president of NBC News, and a man who appeared to be former Walt Disney chairman Jeffrey Katzenberg.
Putin ion the ritz: Megyn Kelly chatted with Vladimir Putin at a party Thursday night in St. Petersburg
Blue velvet: The NBC host wore a $990 blue velvet dress from Yigal Azrouel that was off-the-shoulder and featured a large slit, pairing it was black platform Mary Jones and matching toenail polish
Best foot forward: Megyn was wearing a pair of five-inch heels and some black nail polish
Glad vlad: President Putin looked transfixed in one image while speaking to Kelly
Spotted: Kelly was later photographed walking through the lobby of her hotel with Noah Oppenheim, the president of NBC News, and a man who appeared to be former Disney chairman Jeffrey Katzenberg
She’s gonna make it after all: Kelly posted a photo as she walked through rainy St. Petersburg earlier in the day on Thursday
Kelly was all smiles on Thursday morning as she made her first appearance on NBC since it was announced that she was joining the network back in January.
The network’s newest hire appeared on ‘Today’ via satellite from St. Petersburg, Russia, confirming that she would be sitting down with Vladimir Putin.
Kelly got a warm welcome from ‘Today’ anchors Savannah Guthrie, Matt Lauer and Hoda Kotb back in New York, and returned their greeting with some cheerful thanks, telling Lauer and Guthrie how happy she was to be part of the team.
She neglected however to mention Kotb, who appeared shocked for a second and then jokingly put up her hands in disbelief.
Kelly did however acknowledge Kotb at the end of the segment.
‘NBC’s Megyn Kelly is in St. Petersburg where she will speak with Mr. Putin,’ said Lauer as he introduced Kelly for the very first time on the program.
‘We should note, this is her first appearance as an NBC news anchor. So we say good morning and welcome. Great to have you hear, Megyn!’
Kelly then responded: ‘Hey, guys. It’s great to be with you, Matt and Savannah.’
That is when a baffled Kotb, who has been the most excited about Kelly’s arrival, threw up her hands while looking into the camera.
Getting to the business at hand, Kelly then spoke about her interview with Putin and spoke with some Russians about reports that the Kremlin hacked the American election.
‘As part of the forum, President Putin will be taking part in a panel and I’m lucky enough to be asked to moderate that,’ said Kelly.
‘This is the first time he’s actually taking questions from an American journalist since the special counsel was appointed in the United States to look into allegations of Russian interference in our election.
‘And that’s an allegation that he just this week referred to as a fiction invented by Democrats.’
Kelly greeted Putin in Russia, which brought a smile to the face of the Russian president
Modi meanwhile gave Kelly a very lengthy and extended handshake before noting that he followed her on Twitter
Yet another wonderful interaction with President Putin at St. Petersburg wrote Modi on Twitter
Modi later shared a photo of his sit-down with Putin, Kelly and a translator
Kelly’s intro was made all the more dramatic by a sudden gust of air that left her hair blowing in the wind while she stood in front of the famed Church of the Savior on Blood as she threw to her package.
The former Fox News host was then seen speaking with Russians about the American election and how they felt about the hacking claims, referenced once again on Wednesday by Hillary Clinton during a Silicon Valley sit-down.
One Russian man called the claims ‘nonsense,’ adding that it was ‘impossible’ Russia had hacked the US election.
Later, Guthrie asked Kelly: ‘Did anything about the encounters surprise you?’
Kelly responded by saying: ‘Two main points on that. Number one, the Russian people have a lot of love for the American people. They see us as the same. They see the politicians as squabbling, but to a person they wanted us to know they care about Americans and see a lot in common.’
She then added: ‘But secondly, almost none believes that Russia interfered with our election. We found maybe one.’
Kelly’s interview with Putin will air this weekend on the premiere of her new show ‘Sunday Night,’ which will run over the summer while CBS’ news magazine ’60 Minutes’ is in repeats before being pulled off the air for ‘Sunday Night Football’ when the NFL season begins in September.
The host shared her first segment on all her social media accounts, writing: ‘Just learned this morning Vladimir Putin will sit down one-on-one with me tomorrow after the International Economic Forum.’
She then added tune-in information for her new show.
She’s back: Megyn Kelly made her first appearance on ‘Today’ Thursday morning (above)
First flub: Kelly then returned the greeting, but failed to acknowledge Kotb, who threw up her hands in disbelief
President Putin:Strong opinion: One Russian man (above) called the claims ‘nonsense,’ adding that it was ‘impossible’ Russia had hacked the US election
Kelly has been busy making the press rounds ahead of the premiere of her news magazine show, but there is one topic that is off limits for the new NBC hire.
When the former Fox News host was asked in multiple interviews about the recent death of former boss Roger Ailes she refused to comment, saying that she had said all that she needed to about the man in her 2016 memoir.
In a sit-down with The Daily Beast, Kelly was also asked about the comments made by Ailes son at his funeral, with the teenager eulogizing his father by stating: ‘I want all the people who betrayed my father to know that I’m coming after them, and hell is coming with me.’
President Putin:Kelly, who detailed the sexual harassment she suffered at the hands of Ailes in her memoir, responded by saying: ‘I don’t want to comment on that.’
Kelly did briefly speak about her account of Ailes in her memoir.
‘I included both the good and the bad, so that people could have what I viewed as the full measure of the man,’ explained Kelly.
‘I thought that’s what was fair to him and what was fair to his victims.’
Kelly also revealed how much she enjoyed her time off from work, leaving Fox News in early January soon after she announced that she was taking a job at NBC.
‘Honestly, it’s been amazing. I’ve gone through the full range of emotions being at home,’ said Kelly.
‘When I first got home with my kids, it was Shangri-La. It was just amazing just to have dinner with them Monday through Friday, which I hadn’t done in three years. And then I knew I was in the sweet spot when that was no longer a special thing, and they were used to seeing me there.’
President Putin:She went onto add add however that it soon became ‘exhausting’ being a stay-at-home mom and ‘trying to do it all’ to ‘make up for lost time.
‘I was driving the housekeeper crazy,’ explained Kelly.
‘Poor Carla. Nobody was as happy as Carla was when I went back to work.’
President Putin:NBC is doing their best to minimize expectations ahead of Kelly’s premiere on Sunday night, saying that they do not expect the program to rival competitor ’60 Minutes’ in the ratings.
‘Fortunately, it’s not brain surgery,’ said Kelly in one interview.
‘No one’s going to die if I don’t get it perfectly on the first try. But I’m enjoying this. It’s nice, after 12 years in the business, to be learning a new skill.’