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Following continued comments criticizing Fox News anchor Megyn Kelly on Monday, Donald Trump denied that she was getting under his skin or that he has any type of infatuation with her.
In an exclusive interview Wednesday, TODAY's Matt Lauer likened Trump's comments toward Kelly to a schoolyard crush when boys say the worst things about the girl they like the most.
"Trust me Matt, there is no crush, that I can tell you,'' Trump said. "As far as I was concerned, during the debate, she asked me questions that were totally inappropriate. A lot of people said that. Many people agreed with me."
Trump tweeted Monday night that Kelly was "off her game" and that Kelly's FOX News show would be better off without her, while retweeting comments criticizing her appearance and calling her a "bimbo."
The tweets came nearly three weeks after Trump made controversial comments about Kelly following the first debate of Republican presidential candidates, and after Kelly returned from a 10-day vacation.
Lauer asked Trump why he was letting Kelly get under his skin.
"I haven't,'' he said. "You tweet a few tweets, or retweets in this case, that's not getting under your skin. I personally am not a fan. I don't think she does a good job. I don't think she's a very good professional. I think frankly the show's better without her, but that's up to them and they can do whatever they want. I respect [Fox News chief] Roger Ailes, he can do whatever he wants. I don't care."