Thursday, April 18, 2024

Megyn Kelly Beaten on First Day Bestseller Lists by…Bernie Sanders, Bill O’Reilly, JK Rowling


Megyn Kelly came out of the gait Tuesday with a blitz of PR on Dr. Phil, CBS Morning News and other outlets. The top draw anchor on Fox News launched her book, “Settle for More,” with blasts at Fox News, Roger Ailes and Donald Trump. She was refreshingly candid and seemed like a person who is about change jobs.

So, how’d she do? Did “Settle for More” zoom to number 1? It did not. I’m surprised, too. But Kelly’s book is number 5 on and number 9 on Barnes & Noble’s website. Those sites are the fastest measurement of a topical book’s appeal.

And who beat Megyn to number 1? Why, Bernie Sanders is number 1. I didn’t even know he had a book out yesterday. It’s called “Our Revolution: A Future to Believe In” and it’s published by Thomas Dunne/St. Martin’s Press. It’s number 1 on amazon and number 3 on

Between Megyn and Bernie is Megyn’s Fox nemesis, Bill O’Reilly, jockeying for position with his branded “Killing” series. This one is written by Martin Dugard. And JK Rowling’s “Fantastic Beasts” tie in to her movie, coming out Friday, is also in the top five mix.

You gotta hand it to Bernie Sanders. The old boy is full of new tricks.

Roger Friedman
Roger Friedman
Roger Friedman began his Showbiz411 column in April 2009 after 10 years with Fox News, where he created the Fox411 column. His movie reviews are carried by Rotten Tomatoes, and he is a member of both the movie and TV branches of the Critics Choice Awards. His articles have appeared in dozens of publications over the years including New York Magazine, where he wrote the Intelligencer column in the mid 90s and covered the OJ Simpson trial, and Fox News (when it wasn't so crazy) where he covered Michael Jackson. He is also the writer and co-producer of "Only the Strong Survive," a selection of the Cannes, Sundance, and Telluride Film festivals, directed by DA Pennebaker and Chris Hegedus.

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