Megyn Kelly went on the offensive against Bill O’Reilly and Fox News on Monday, calling out the cabler for what she characterized as its failure to address complaints about O’Reilly’s behavior during his time at the company. Kelly, who left Fox in January for NBC News, went so far as to single out Fox News media relations chief Irena Briganti for “vindictiveness.” Kelly alleged that Briganti has spread negative information about some women who accused the late Fox News founder and CEO Roger Ailes of harassment.
Ailes was forced out in July 2016 following a sexual harassment lawsuit filed by former Fox News anchor Gretchen Carlson — an action that spurred the current wave of harassment claims against powerful media and entertainment industry figures. O’Reilly was fired in April after the New York Times detailed his history of settling harassment claims…
…Kelly opened Monday’s edition of her 9 a.m. “Megyn Kelly Today” talk show addressing the latest revelation of an O’Reilly sexual harassment settlement. Kelly read from an email she sent Fox News management in November 2016 complaining that O’Reilly’s comments on harassment during an appearance on “CBS This Morning” sent the wrong message to women at Fox News and elsewhere. O’Reilly said during that appearance that employees should not take steps that make their employer “look bad.” That was widely interpreted as a slam on Kelly’s inclusion of a passage in her just-released memoir “Settle for More” about sexual harassment that she faced early on from Ailes. Once again Megyn Kelly is not being completely honest. Back in November 2016 when Kelly was still at FOX News Bill O’Reilly attacked her for not showing loyalty to her employer. It was not about sexual abuse accusations. Bill O’Reilly ended his top-rated show “The O’Reilly Factor” back on November 15th by telling his audience to show loyalty to your employer.
Bill O’Reilly: So here’s the deal. If somebody is paying you a wage you owe that person or company allegiance. If you don’t like what’s happening in the workplace go to human resources or leave.I’ve done that. And then take the action you need to take afterward if you feel aggrieved. There are labor lawyers. But don’t run down the concern that supports you by trying to undermine it. This came after Megyn Kelly made the rounds on liberal media outlets trashing Donald Trump, FOX News and Roger Ailes. Roger Ailes awarded Megyn Kelly with the best timeslot on cable news with her own show following the “The O’Reilly Factor.”
Later she spoke out against him and Ailes was fired. Then she went out and gave interviews trashing Ailes and FOX. Bill O’Reilly, Greta Van Susteren and Sean Hannity – the top talent on FOX News – defended Ailes during the firestorm in July. Megyn Kelly accused him of sexual harassment over an incident ten years ago. She calls him “dangerous” Roger Ailes today. Here’s the video via The O’Reilly Factor back in November: