Megyn Kelly Reveals Why Chris Christie Got ‘Up in My Grill’ During Viral Debate Tantrum: ‘He Was Pissed’

Megyn Kelly clarifies Chris Christie’s ‘Up in My Grill’ Tantrum During Viral Debate Tantrum: ‘He was Pissed.’

During the fourth Republican presidential primary debate on Wednesday, Megyn Kelly spilled the beans on her angry exchange with former New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie.

“He was pissed off,” she claimed on Thursday’s broadcast of “The Megyn Kelly Show.”

Kelly continued: “All over the internet last night was a video that went viral of somebody in the balcony filming Chris Christie coming over to yours truly during a break at the end of the first hour and kind of getting up in my grill.”

The exchange took occurred during the event’s commercial break. A video of the incident on X has received over 1 million views.

“There was a lot of speculation about what was going on there.” “I’ll tell you what happened there,” Kelly said. “It was not confidential. He was enraged.”

Christie was seen speaking aggressively to the debate moderators, Kelly and The Washington Free Beacon’s Eliana Johnson, in the video.

Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis, former South Carolina Gov. Nikki Haley, entrepreneur Vivek Ramaswamy, and Christie were among the four candidates. According to Kelly, Christie was angry because he thought he wasn’t given as much time to talk as the other GOP candidates.

“He was mad that he wasn’t getting enough questions. And he said, ‘I made it up at this stage and I haven’t been able to speak in awhile. And I should have been brought in on that last debate,’” Kelly recounted. “I said, ‘We’re coming to you. You’re going to be happy in the second hour,’ which I lived up to.”

Kelly said on Thursday that she, too, thought Christie had been left out of the debate rebuttals at one point.

“He was right that in the last run, he had been excluded. And the reason that happened is because we let them fight in the first 40 minutes of the debate, and therefore, that comes at the expense of something,” Kelly said. “It’s all at the expense of something else that’s coming. Which is fine … The sort of even distribution of questions got mucked up by all the arguing.”

“I knew very well that Christie was going to get asked a Trump question having to do with immigration at the top of the next hour, so it was totally fair to him,” Kelly continued. “And [Christie’s] polling at 2%! OK? in no debate ever, and I’ve now done six of them, have we given as many questions to the guy who’s at 3% as to the person who’s in the lead. I’m sorry, Gov. Christie. That’s the way it is. And all said and done, CNN says this is the timing of the stage: Vivek got 22 minutes, DeSantis 21, Haley 17 Christie 16 and 52 seconds. So he was a half a minute behind Haley, who’s tied up there for number one.”

Kelly finished her analysis of the famous scene by stating that Christie was not treated unfairly on Wednesday.

“I don’t want to hear it frankly. We did right by him. He got a ton of airtime. That’s what he was mad about,” Kelly said. “I like the guy, but just to break some news on what people speculating on … They never like it when they don’t get to speak.”

Watch the entire “Megyn Kelly Show” segment above.

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