Published: Tue, October 24, 2017
Culture | By Antonia Gonzales

Megyn Kelly hits back at O'Reilly's claim no one complained

Megyn Kelly hits back at O'Reilly's claim no one complained

Audio of The Times' interview with O'Reilly was released Monday, a few days after The Times reported that O'Reilly settled a new sexual-harassment claim for $32 million in January, a month before Fox News' parent company, 21st Century Fox, renewed O'Reilly's contract.

On Monday, Kelly said that prompted her to reach out to Bill Shine and Jack Abernethy, who were then co-presidents of Fox News. O'Reilly said at the time that he wasn't "interested" in discussing a topic - sexual harassment - that "makes my network look bad".

"Perhaps he didn't realize the kind of message his criticism sends to young women across this country about how men continue to view the issues of speaking out about sexual harassment", Kelly wrote in her e-mail, which she had not shared publicly until Monday.

O'Reilly's attitude of "shaming women into shutting the hell up about harassment on the grounds that it will disgrace the company" is precisely how Fox got into the mess it was in, she said. "Perhaps it's his own history of harassment of women, which has, as you both know, resulted in payouts to more than one woman, including recently, that blinded him to the folly of saying anything other than 'I am just so sorry for the women of this company who never should have had to go through that".

"By 8 PM, O'Reilly apparently had been 'dealt with.' And by that I mean he was permitted, with management's advance notice, to go on the air and attack the company's harassment victims yet again", Kelly blasted.

That November, Kelly published a memoir in which she, too, addressed Ailes' predatory behavior, describing his inappropriate sexual remarks and an attempted sexual assault.

"This must stop", she said. "The abuse of women, the shaming of them, the silencing of them after the fact, it has to stop". These changes come from the top, with Lachlan and James Murdoch personally leading the effort to promote civility and respect on the job while maintaining the company's long-held commitment to a diverse, inclusive and creative workplace.

Mark Fabiani, a representative for O'Reilly, responded to CNN by sending a pair of thank you notes that Kelly had sent O'Reilly. In the other, she thanks him for the "darling body suit and snuggly" given at a baby shower.

"I realize you didn't have to do that, especially after mentioning it already", she wrote. But O'Reilly did not back down on his program that night.

In fairness, the notes are mostly polite niceties, but there are some personal feelings mixed in if you are looking for proof of friendship.

Kelly's comments were her first about Fox since she began her NBC program, which has struggled in the ratings. The company needed to apologize to women, not shame them, she said. Fox parted ways with O'Reilly in April. Huddy, who appeared with her lawyer Doug Wigdor, also settled harassment claims against O'Reilly, and said she wrestled with the idea of signing non-disclosure agreements.

Megyn Kelly tore into Bill O'Reilly's response to ' latest bombshell report about him, revealing she sent an email previous year to the co-presidents of her former employer Fox News complaining about her former FNC colleague's behavior toward women.

Carlson was paid $20 million after suing Fox News in July 2016 over allegations former CEO Roger Ailes sexually harassed her.

Over the weekend, O'Reilly directed people to his website while vowing that the "verifiable truth" would emerge, and his spokesperson also accused the NY Times of omitting an affidavit signed by O'Reilly's sixth accuser in the course of her settlement.

Mr. Beck complied with Mr. O'Reilly's request that the host read aloud from letters sent to him by Ms. Kelly and Ms. Carlson. He went on to claim that he provided tremendous assistance to Kelly's broadcasting career.

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