Megyn Kelly came out guns blazing against her former Fox News colleague Bill O’Reilly calling him a liar on her new network.
“O’Reilly’s suggestion that no one ever complained about his behavior is false,” she said on NBC’s “Today Show” in a video. “I know because I complained.”
Kelly also took swipes at her former network, saying that “Fox News was not exactly a friendly environment for harassment victims who wanted to report, in my experience.”
Her commentary came in response to O’Reilly’s assertion that no woman ever spoke negatively about his behavior to Fox News’ legal or human resources about him in his 21 years at the network.
Those comments came after reports that Fox News paid a $32 million to Lis Wiehl over sexual harassment claims against him.
Kelly said she wrote an email to Bill Shine and Jack Abernethy, who headed Fox News, to complain about an interview O’Reilly gave to CBS in the wake of Kelly’s accusations of sexual harassment against former Fox News CEO, the late Roger Ailes.
In the interview O’Reilly declined to comment on the charges written in Kelly’s book by saying “I’m not interested in basically litigating something that is finished that makes my network look bad.”
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In her email to Shine and Abernethy Kelly suggested that it might be O’Reilly’s “own history of harassment of women which has, as you know, resulted in payouts to more than one woman.”
She insinuated that Shine and Abernethy did not properly deal with the situation because, that same night, O’Reilly took a shot at her on his show “The O’Reilly Factor.” Something she fired back on at the time.
Kelly continued her video by saying that sexual harassment of women “must stop,” and not only at Fox News.
“This is not unique to Fox News. Women everywhere are used to being dismissed, ignored, or attacked when raising complaints about men is authority positions. They stay silent so often out of fear. Fear of ending their careers, fear of lawyers, yes, and often fear of public shaming, including through the media,” she said before taking another shot at her former network.
“At Fox News, the media relations chief Irena Briganti is known for her vindictiveness. To this day she pushes negative articles on certain Ailes accusers, like the one you are looking at right now,” she said.
21st Century FOX responded to Kelly’s charge against Briganti with the following statement.
“Irena is a valued colleague and she has our full support.”
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