John Stossel apologized to Megyn Kelly because he says he made the mistake of underestimating the newswoman due to her looks.
“I thought you were a bubble-head blonde,” Stossel told Kelly in an interview on his YouTube channel from Tuesday.
“I apologized to you in the Bill O’Reilly green room,” Stossel admitted, recalling the time both veteran journalists were working for the Fox News Channel.
“I remember that,” Kelly replied. “It was classic Stossel.”
“You came over into this big confession of something that made you look very bad that I otherwise would’ve had no idea about,” Kelly continued.
“That’s so you,” she told Stossel.
Stossel recalled the encounter during which he complimented Kelly on her intellect.
“I think I said, ‘You’re really smart and quick,’” he said, adding: “I thought you were another one of the Fox blondes who are pretty smart and quick.”
The topic came up when Kelly recalled her upbringing and the desire to get ahead in her career.
Kelly told Stossel that her parents were “very surprised” when “great things came down the pike” for her.
“I always joke that you need to do just the right amount of damage to your child if you want him or her to be really successful,” Kelly said.
“You need to do enough that they have a chip on their shoulder, but not so much that they can’t recover from the chip.”
She added: “I think the reason I did well and wanted to work so hard is I had something to prove to myself.”
“I didn’t want people to diminish me, or think I couldn’t, or think I was just a bubble-headed bleach blonde.”
Stossel spent decades as a correspondent and anchor at ABC News before moving to Fox News Channel and the Fox Business Network — both of which are owned by Fox Corporation, the sister entity of The Post’s parent company, News Corp.
In 2019, he left Fox and formed Stossel TV, an online news show that promotes libertarian-leaning viewpoints.
Kelly, who currently hosts “The Megyn Kelly Show” on SiriusXM satellite radio, gained nationwide fame on Fox News as a correspondent and anchor. She then moved to NBC News, where she spent less than two years before forming her own media company.