Megyn Kelly of Fox News has become a controversial figure lately, and some of her colleagues and critics are calling for her dismissal, especially since she is now in a contract year.
Kelly previously said her colleague, Sean Hannity, was not a real journalist.
In a post-presidential debate analysis, then-Republican nominee Donald Trump was having a conversation with Hannity on the side when Kelly commented on air, “maybe Trump will talk with a real journalist soon.”
In a rebuttal, Hannity then tweeted Kelly was a Hillary Clinton supporter.
Within a couple weeks of Election Day – while Kelly was interviewing Newt Gingrich on her show – she called Donald Trump a “sexual predator.”
Gingrich owned her and put a stop to that speculation immediately.
And in her new book, ‘Settle for More’, Kelly made many other insane accusations about Donald Trump that need not be discussed because they’re preposterous.
Also in her new book, Kelly describes the specifics of her sexual harassment allegations regarding her former boss, CEO of Fox News, Roger Ailes.
Bill O’Reilly wasn’t interested in discussing the allegations proposed by the Fox News anchor either when he appeared on CBS This Morning. O’Reilly said, “I want to be very candid here. I’m not interested in this.”
Of course he wouldn’t entertain a conversation on the topic – because the accusations are that bizarre and as unbelievable as they come.
Here is an excerpt from Megyn Kelly’s book regarding the Ailes incident:
“There was a pattern to his behavior. I would be called into Roger’s office, he would shut the door, and over the next hour or two, he would engage in a kind of cat-and-mouse game with me – veering between obviously inappropriate sexually charged comments (e.g., about the ‘very sexy bras’ I must have and how he’d like to see me in them) and legitimate professional advice.
… He crossed a new line – trying to grab me repeatedly and kiss me on the lips. … His office was large and it took me a beat to get to the door, which was closed.
As I walked away from him, he followed me and asked an ominous question, ‘When is your contract up?”
Then Kelly claimed Ailes made sexual propositions in exchange for her professional advancement:
“I kept a record of Roger’s behavior, and have since shared the facts with those who investigated the case against him. I see no point in making all of the details public, but suffice it to say he made sexual comments to me, offers of professional advancement in exchange for sexual favors, and, eventually, physical attempts to be with me – every single one of which I rejected.”
Whoa. Those are some heavy accusations. And of course, Ailes emphatically and “categorically” denied Kelly’s story.
This just seems like an unfair indictment of a network that has given her the career she always wanted.
Which is possibly why Bill O’Reilly, seemingly offended by the accusations in her book, said,
“I’m not interested in basically litigating something that is finished that makes my network look bad, OK I’m not interested in making my network look bad at all. That doesn’t interest me one bit.”
Then later, O’Reilly said:
“It’s open season, let’s whack the Fox News Channel. I’ve had enough of it. It’s a good place to work, all right? We do good work, honest work there. So I’m not going to buy into let’s use the Fox News Channel as a piñata. I don’t think it is right.”
Maybe this new book by Kelly is just a power play for leveraging her value between another network and Fox News, especially in a contract year.