MSNBC host Joe ScarboroughCharles (Joe) Joseph ScarboroughThe Hill's Morning Report - Trump lays low as approval hits 18-month low Cheney clashes with Trump Trump dings CNN, 'Morning Joe' ratings as Tucker Carlson sets record MORE said Monday that he would rather "set himself on fire" than go on the debate stage because of Fox News anchor Megyn Kelly's bias.

Scarborough bashed Kelly, framing her as a biased journalist the morning after Donald TrumpDonald John TrumpDeSantis on Florida schools reopening: 'If you can do Walmart,' then 'we absolutely can do schools' NYT editorial board calls for the reopening of schools with help from federal government's 'checkbook' Mueller pens WaPo op-ed: Roger Stone 'remains a convicted felon, and rightly so' MORE announced he'd skip Thursday's GOP presidential debate out of protest to Kelly's inclusion as a moderator. 

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Scarborough's "Morning Joe" program played a series of Fox News clips showing Kelly criticizing Trump's decision to skip the debate hosted by Fox.

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"That is just good, unbiased journalism. And if I were a candidate, I certainly would want that person asking me questions in a fair and balanced way," Scarborough deadpanned with sarcasm. 

"As I've said before, I would rather set myself onfire in front of the Fox News studio than go on the debate stage with that." 

MSNBC and Fox are huge rivals, along with CNN, for cable news viewers. Fox is the leader, averaging 349,000 viewers last year in the 25-54 demographic, according to Nielsen. CNN averages 243,000, while MSNBC trails with 143,000.

In one of the clips shown by the television network, Kelly lampooned MSNBC and CNN for allowing Trump to call into the network regularly for 30-minute interviews.