"The signs about Megyn Kelly's one-on-one NBC interview with the despicable conspiracy theorist Alex Jones have been bad from the start," wrote Washington Post media columnist Margaret Sullivan on Tuesday.
"And then there's Kelly's unimpressive track record in interviewing hard-to-pin-down subjects — most recently, Russian President Vladimir Putin, who simply steamrollered her, and last year, when she was still at Fox News, her much-hyped ‘meh' of an interview with Trump, a broadcast that she concluded by promoting her autobiographical book," Sullivan added.
Pull the Alex Jones interview, NBC, & use Megyn Kelly's interview as one piece of a deeper look. My column: https://t.co/9a1WOEzgfp— Margaret Sullivan (@Sulliview) June 13, 2017
Following her interview with Putin, Los Angeles Times TV critic Lorraine Ali called Kelly "not a great interviewer" for failing to pin her subject down on questions about Russia's interference in the U.S. election.
A write-up in the New York Newsday tabloid also called Kelly's interview with Putin a "rough start."
During her time at Fox, Kelly earned positive profiles in big publications that most of Fox's marquee names weren't afforded.
In January, the New York Times favorably described what it called the "Megyn Kelly Moment," which are the often viral interview bits where Kelly would confront an unsuspecting (and often conservative or Republican) guest with a biting question.
In 2016, Vanity Fair in a cover story called Kelly "the brightest start at Fox News" and "a newly minted role model for women."
But at least for now, the bottom appears to have fallen out following the publicity for her to-be-aired interview with Jones.