When Fox News' Megyn Kelly returned to host her highly popular The Kelly File on Monday, she had a special message for a man who's impacted her life substantially. Kelly wished her husband, who was still vacationing with their three children on the beach, a happy birthday on-air. She joked that she'd even bought him a Donald Trump tie, slyly acknowledging the feud that's still brewing between the journalist and the GOP candidate. So who is Megyn Kelly's husband, Douglas Brunt, anyway?
Brunt is the author of two novels — The Means
and the Ghosts of Manhattan
. Prior to his literary career, he was the CEO of Authentium, Inc
, a Florida-based tech company that provides security software and services. Authentium was founded in 1999 and its SafeCentral antivirus line was acquired by Commtouch
— now known as CYREN — in 2010. Brunt left his position with the company a year later. He has since fully devoted himself to writing and is currently working on his third novel. His most recent work, The Means
, has been described as a fictional account of Kelly's career
trajectory. The former attorney left her job in the legal sphere seeking opportunities that would put her skills to use in challenging ways, ultimately leading her to journalism. The novel's protagonist similarly leaves a legal career and lands at a cable news network.
Brunt is Kelly's second husband. After a brief, four and a half year marriage to anesthesiologist Dr. Daniel Kendall
the two amicably divorced in 2006. The couple was together a total of
eight years and remain friendly, Kendall having appeared on-air with
Kelly at least once as a medical expert. It's unclear when, exactly, Kelly met Brunt
but a New York Times
piece on their 2008 marriage indicates it wasn't long after the
broadcaster had taken a job as a Washington, D.C. reporter with Fox News.
They were set up on a blind date and began a long-distance relationship
prior to Kelly moving to New York City. Speaking after her wedding to The New York Times
Kelly had this to say about the man she calls her husband:
It didn’t come down to a moment. But
everything about the two of us just clicked — our interests, our sense
of humor, what we want in life. I just know in my heart that I love the
man I’m with, and he loves me.
Certainly, Brunt could appreciate the on-air humor from Kelly when she wished him a happy 44th birthday. Here's hoping that Trump tie she got him was bought on discount at Macy's.