Roger Ailes, they miss you. The Fox News founder can only watch as his right-wing platform devolves into disaster. Latest crisis: Sean Hannity dissing fellow Fox pundit Megyn Kelly.

Fox News Channel anchors and debate moderators (L-R) Chris Wallace, Megyn Kelly and Bret Baier begin the debate held by Fox News for the top 2016 U.S. Republican presidential candidates in Des Moines, Iowa January 28, 2015. Photo by Carlos Barria via Reuters
Hannity called out Kelly as a closet Clinton supporter for “negativity” on Donald Trump, who she pointed out appears only on friendly Fox shows.

Kelly said: “Donald Trump, with all due respect to my friend at 10, will go on Hannity, and pretty much only Hannity, and will not venture out to the unsafe spaces these days, which doesn’t exactly expand the tent.”

As Brian Stelter noted on CNNMoney:

“As Mediaite reported right after it happened, Kelly also called out Clinton for limiting her TV interviews. She specifically mentioned a Clinton appearance on ‘The Steve Harvey Show’ that was partly scripted by the daytime talk show’s producers. The Washington Free Beacon obtained a memo about the interview production and wrote about it on Wednesday. Kelly has been lobbying for an interview with Clinton all year long.”

The New York Times reported: “Television news is a bare-knuckle business, but it is considered a breach of decorum for an anchor to publicly assail a colleague. The exchange also hinted at generational tensions with Fox News. Mr. Hannity, a network stalwart, is close to Mr. Ailes; Ms. Kelly, a newer addition, became one of Fox’s biggest stars by appealing to a younger audience, and she is widely seen as an important figure for the network’s future.”

A Fox News spokeswoman did not respond to a CNN request for comment on Wednesday night. When asked by CNNMoney to elaborate on his tweet, “Hannity replied with a blank email,” Stelter wrote.

The debate continued elsewhere:

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