Megyn Kelly and Gretchen Carlson Speak Out Against Bill O'Reilly, Fox News

Bill O'Reilly is going on the offensive to defend himself after the latest bombshell about sexual harassment allegations against him. His former Fox News colleagues Megyn Kelly and Gretchen Carlson are talking as well.

During her one-hour “Today” show slot, Kelly talked about piece published in the New York Times that O'Reilly had paid $32 million to a former Fox News analyst who accused him of sexual harassment.

The Times says the $32 million settlement was finalized in January, shortly before O'Reilly re-signed with Fox. It was paid to Lis Wiehl, a former legal analyst for Fox News.

O'Reilly has repeatedly denied all the allegations against him, and called them a politically motivated smear campaign.

Megyn Kelly said, ”O'Reilly calls the Times report a malicious smear, claiming that no women in 20 years ever complained to human resources or legal about him. Maybe that is true. Fox News was not exactly a friendly environment for harassment victims who wanted to report, in my experience. However, O'Reilly's suggestion that no one ever complained about his behavior is false. I know because I complained."

A rep for O'Reilly responded to the Megyn Kelly segment by sending a pair of thank you notes that Kelly had sent O'Reilly. In one, Kelly expressed gratitude to O'Reilly for attending her baby shower. The other was sent to thank O'Reilly for plugging a book written by Kelly's husband, Douglas Brunt. In the note she called him a class act.

On Glenn Beck’s show, Bill O’Reilly said, ”I don't know why Megyn Kelly is doing what she's doing.” He said he provided tremendous assistance to Kelly's broadcasting career. In her book, Kelly wrote that she owes "a lot" to O'Reilly, writing that she'll "always be grateful for the help he gave me before anyone even know who I was."

Yesterday, Kelly interviewed former Fox anchor Juliet Huddy, who reached a settlement with Fox News after she claimed that O'Reilly had sexually harassed her.

Gretchen Carlson, another former Fox News anchor who alleged harassment against Fox News CEO and cofounder Roger Ailes and later settled with the network for $20 million, called the new allegations and settlement "horrifying."

 

 

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