Megyn Kelly Just Landed a Massive Book Deal

Megyn Kelly
The "Kelly File" host has always been popular, but she can thank Donald Trump for her new book deal. Kevin Lamarque/Reuters

Megyn Kelly was already a popular Fox News host before the 2016 election cycle began last summer, but she could never have predicted the level to which her profile would ascend after posing one simple question to Donald Trump during the first Republican debate in August. Now, six months and countless Trump tweets later, Kelly has landed a book deal with HarperCollins that could be worth up to $11 million.

"It's been a surreal six months, because we never anticipated that anybody would react to the questions in that particular way," Kelly told Jimmy Fallon Thursday night on The Tonight Show. "You just have to keep your head down, put your shoulders back and forge forward."

The question in question was about Trump's history of sexism, and the then-upstart candidate did not take too kindly to the implication that he is a misogynist. After the debate he tweeted that Kelly "really bombed tonight" and that she was "not very good or professional." He continued to lambaste her in the following months.

Do you ever notice that lightweight @megynkelly constantly goes after me but when I hit back it is totally sexist. She is highly overrated!

— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) September 23, 2015

.@Megynkelly spent a big part of her show talking about other shows spending so much time on me. Really weird, she's being driven crazy!

— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) December 10, 2015

I refuse to call Megyn Kelly a bimbo, because that would not be politically correct. Instead I will only call her a lightweight reporter!

— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) January 27, 2016

Trump's hatred of Kelly endured to the point that he opted to sit out the last Republican debate before the Iowa caucus because she would be moderating. Once again, Kelly found herself at the center of the media's attention. As she has learned, if name-recognition is what you seek, there's no better figure around which to orbit than Donald Trump. Kelly has never been more popular.

Now, Kelly has parlayed her elevated profile into an exorbitant $11 million book deal with HarperCollins. Specifics as to the nature of the book have not yet been announced, but it is expected to be released this fall, just in time for the election. For a sense of the scale of Kelly's deal, in September, Amy Schumer sold the rights to her upcoming memoir for somewhere between $8 and $10 million. In 2008, in the wake of America's introduction to her Sarah Palin impression, Tina Fey nabbed $6 million for her memoir Bossypants. Keith Richards got $7 for his popular autobiography, Life.

Though Kelly is cashing in on her role in the 2016 election, as she mentioned to Fallon, there is one big downside to drawing the ire of Trump: "I can no longer go on Twitter."