BREAKING: Megyn Kelly desperately tried to drum up ratings for her upcoming interview with Russian President Vladimir Putin by bashing Donald Trump, but it didn’t end well for her.

Bizpac Review reported that Kelly told MSNBC host Chris Matthews that she thinks Putin “has something on Donald Trump.”

“I would not say that Putin likes Trump. I did not glean that at all from him,” Kelly said.

“I do think — I did glean that perhaps he has something on Donald Trump. And if you watch the special tonight, you’ll see perhaps what that might be,” she said. “Because we’ve done a lot of research. It’s not just Vladimir Putin tonight. It’s a lot of experts who understand Putin and Trump and the relationship between the two. And so, when I was asking him, why do you think Donald Trump never says anything unkind about you ever?”

“I think it’s more than just he admires this Russian strongman, Chris,” she explained. “I think there’s a very good chance Putin knows some things about Donald Trump that Mr. Trump does not want repeated publicly.”

“The dossier, you think? Or is it money?” Matthews asked.

“My money’s not on the dossier,” Kelly replied. “Just having done the research we did for this piece and this investigative report, I think it has to do with money, and Trump’s early years dealing with the Russians back in the ’90s, his facilities here in the United States.”

Kelly is especially desperate for ratings right now, as NBC just announced that her Sunday night television show will return only “periodically” in the Spring instead of airing weekly. When Kelly joined NBC in January of 2017 with a $23 million contract, the network announced that she would have a weekly Sunday night talk show as well as a morning show airing at 9am on weekdays. However, since she started at the network in the fall, ratings for both of her shows have been abysmal at best.

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