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Megyn Kelly: Donald Trump 'doesn't get to control the media'

Megyn Kelly addressed Donald Trump's issues with her moderating the upcoming Fox News debate during her show Tuesday, and made it clear that with or without Trump, "the debate will go on."

Trump — who sparred with Kelly in August during the first Fox News debate, when she asked him about disparaging comments he made about women — announced Tuesday evening he would not attend the Fox News debate on Thursday because Kelly is "biased" against him. On The Kelly File, Kelly said that it's been known since August that she will be moderating the debate, along with Fox News personalities Bret Baier and Chris Wallace, and she maintains the questions she asked him last year were "tough but fair." "Trump is not used to not controlling things, as the chief executive of a large organization," she said. "But the truth is he doesn't get to control the media."

Fox News senior political analyst Brit Hume said there are several reasons why he thinks Trump is skipping the debate — he hasn't gotten over Kelly's questions, he wants to dominate the news cycle, and he doesn't want Ted Cruz to "take him on in a way that's risky." Hume also said he's certain Trump's action won't hurt him among his hardcore followers: "As far as they're concerned, he could take off all his clothes and run down Broadway tomorrow, and they would say, 'Look, that's great, it shows he's not politically correct.' This won't move the needle with him at all."