Megyn Kelly says she complained to former Fox News bosses about Bill O'Reilly's behavior
WASHINGTON (Sinclair Broadcast Group) -- Megyn Kelly opened up about her conversations with bosses at Fox News Channel regarding former host Bill O'Reilly's behavior.
"Fox News was not exactly a friendly environment for harassment victims who wanted to report, in my experience," Kelly said. "However, O'Reilly's suggestion that no one complained about his behavior is false. I know because I complained."
Kelly's account was revealed after a spokesperson representing O'Reilly said that "in the more than 20 years Bill O'Reilly worked at Fox News, not one complaint was filed against him with the Human Resources Department or Legal Department by a coworker, even on the anonymous hotline. The New York Times has copies of two letters written by 21st Century Fox lawyers attesting to that fact."
Kelly decided to complain about O'Reilly's behavior after he appeared on CBS News and said that Kelly was ruining the reputation of the network she works for by calling out Roger Ailes for sexual harassment.
The NBC talk show host read the letter she sent to two of Fox News' presidents which said, "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. 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."
Kelly continued by saying, "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.'"
In response to Kelly's monologue on "The Today Show," O'Reilly released thank you notes that were sent to him by Kelly during their respective tenures at Fox News.
O'Reilly is back in the news after The New York Times broke the news that he settled with one of his accusers for over $23 million.