Megyn Kelly: I Complained to My Bosses About Bill O’Reilly
Over the course of the past year, the Fox News Channel has been rocked by numerous allegations of sexual harassment and misconduct from both executives like the late Roger Ailes and on-air personalities such as Bill O'Reilly.
O'Reilly was fired by Fox back in April, but the new reports of his abusive and predatory behavior continue to surface.
Last week, both The New York Times and CNN confirmed that O'Reilly paid out an astonishing $ 32 million to settle out of court with former colleague Lis Wiehl, who leveled unspecified allegations against the conservative commentator.
O'Reilly responded to the report by issuing a statement in which he claimed he had been "viciously smeared" and asserting that in his 21 years at Fox News, no one woman ever complained about his behavior to human resources or the network's legal department.
Today, on her NBC morning show, Kelly proved that he was lying:
"Fox News was not exactly a friendly environment for harassment victims who wanted to report, in my experience," Kelly told her audience this morning, adding:
"O'Reilly's suggestion that no one ever complained about his behavior is false. I know because I complained."
Kelly then aired a clip from an interview with O'Reilly in which he accused her of "making [his] network look bad" by addressing the Ailes scandal in her memoir, even though Ailes had resigned in disgrace by the time the book was released.
Kelly responded with an email to her bosses, which she made public for the first time today:
"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 wrote at the time.
Check out the courageous clip of Kelly confronting O'Reilly and the culture of harassment at Fox News below: