Fox News has reportedly been making moves to get back in the good graces of Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump after he attacked anchor Megyn Kelly.
According to two sources who spoke to New York magazine's Gabriel Sherman, network chairman and CEO Roger Ailes reached out to Trump due to “increasing concern inside Fox News that Trump could damage the network.”
He reports that after last week's Republican presidential debate, Fox was “deluged” with emails that a source says were “virtually 100-percent” against Megyn Kelly, in light of her questions to Trump during the event.
The source added, “Roger was not happy. Most of the Fox viewers were taking Trump's side.”
Another source told Sherman that Trump told Fox host Sean Hannity that “he was never doing Fox again,” while a Fox personality told the reporter that the networks producers have given orders to on-air talent not to bring up Trump's post-debate remark that Kelly had “blood coming out of her wherever.”
Ailes apparently felt he needed to address the push back from Trump fans.
Sherman's report is just the latest in what seems to be a series of strategic back and forth exchanges between the candidate and Fox News, which has been tirelessly promoting him.
UPDATE: Roger Ailes released a statement about his call with Donald Trump. From CNNMoney:
“Donald Trump and I spoke today,” Ailes said in a statement obtained by CNNMoney. “We discussed our concerns, and I again expressed my confidence in Megyn Kelly. She is a brilliant journalist and I support her 100 percent.”
Ailes continued: “I assured him that we will continue to cover this campaign with fairness & balance. We had a blunt but cordial conversation and the air has been cleared.”
A Fox News spokeswoman said Kelly will “acknowledge” the controversy on her 9 p.m. program.