Megyn Kelly has started a new feud.
She’s now firing off attacks at Bill O’Reilly on her struggling 9am Today show.
But O’Reilly responded by dropping a bombshell that should be the final straw for Kelly.
O’Reilly was furious with one New York Times story which he believed was part of the left’s campaign to drive him out of the market place of ideas.
On her show, Kelly ranted about how when she was at Fox, she complained to management about how O’Reilly reacted to the scandal surrounding former network President Roger Ailes.
“Kelly challenged O’Reilly’s repeated assertion that no Fox News employees ever filed complaints against him with management or the company’s human resources department. Kelly said she emailed then Fox News co-presidents Bill Shine and Jack Abernethy regarding O’Reilly’s CBS appearance.
“I wrote, in part: ‘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 issue of speaking out about sexual harassment,” Kelly said. “Perhaps he didn’t realize that his exact attitude of shaming women into shutting the hell up about harassment on grounds that ‘it will disgrace the company’ is in part how Fox News got into the decade-long Ailes mess to begin with. 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.’”
Kelly closed her segment by taking direct aim at Briganti, a 20-year veteran of Fox News. A 21st Century Fox rep defended the executive. “Irena is a valued colleague and she has our full support,” the spokesman said.
Kelly said: “Women everywhere are used to being dismissed, ignored, or attacked when raising complaints about men in 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. 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’re looking at right now. It gives me no pleasure to report such news about my former employer, which has absolutely made some reforms since all of this went down. But this must stop. The abuse of women, the shaming of them, the threatening, the retaliation. The silencing of them after-the-fact. It has to stop,” she said.”
O’Reilly responded by publishing three thank you notes from Kelly and former Fox News anchor Gretchen Carlson on his website.
What a class act you are, coming to my baby shower. I was truly touched – I know how busy you are, especially that time of day. It meant a lot to me + Doug. And thank you for the darling bodysuits + snuggly – it’s hard to believe will soon have a little human being in our lives tiny enough to fit in the,
You’ve become a dear friend (no matter what you say) + I am grateful to have you in my life.
-Megyn & Doug
Thanks for the plug on Doug’s book. I realize you didn’t have to do that, especially after mentioning it already.
I appreciate how supportive you have been of me over the years here @ FNC.
You are a true friend + mentor.
Thank you for being the calm in the sea.
Thank you so much for supporting me.
Thank you for being my friend.
It means the world to me
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