Megyn Kelly: 'I complained' about Bill O'Reilly's sexual harassment history

Megyn Kelly calls out Bill O'Reilly's latest sexual harassment lies on NBC: 'I know because I complained'

"O'Reilly's suggestion that no one ever complained about his behavior is false", Kelly said in the TV segment. She wrote, "I appreciate how supportive you have been of me here [at Fox]".

"It's awful what I went through, terrible what my family went through", O'Reilly told The New York Times.

At the time Fox News was headed by Roger Ailes, who was ousted in July 2016 amid allegations of sexual harassment. "Women think they're going to be torpedoed, their careers are going to be torpedoed and they could potentially be torpedoed if you have the right machine behind you coming from the company's point of view", she said.

"She's known for her vindictiveness", Kelly said. "Perhaps it's his own history of harassment in women, which has resulted in payouts to more than one woman that blinded him to the folly of saying, 'I'm so sorry for the women of this company, who never should have had to go through that'". "The abuse of women, the shaming of them, the silencing of them after the fact, it has to stop". "Fox News was not exactly a friendly environment for harassment victims who wanted to report, in my experience".

"These changes come from the top, with Lachlan and James Murdoch personally leading the effort to promote civility and respect on the job, while maintaining the company's long-held commitment to a diverse, inclusive and creative workplace". "You are a true friend and mentor".

The former Fox News Channel host was interviewed by one-time colleague Glenn Beck on this weekend's story in The New York Times that Fox paid a $32 million settlement to a former legal analyst who had accused O'Reilly of harassment.

Kelly's show has struggled since its premiere last month.

When she was introduced moments after Ms. Kelly's excoriation of her former network, Ms. Huddy said, "I'm trying to keep it together, I'm getting so emotional". Within weeks, she agreed not to sue and instead accepted a six-figure settlement from Fox's parent company, 21st Century Fox.

O'Reilly refused to discuss allegations against Ailes in an appearance on CBS News the day Kelly's book was released, saying, "I'm not interested in, basically, litigating something that is finished, that makes my networks look bad".

The NBC host noted that a year ago, she complained to Fox News executives in an email after O'Reilly snapped during an interview on "CBS This Morning" when asked about Kelly's allegations that she was sexually harassed by ousted CEO Roger Ailes. Her lawsuit, which Fox settled for $20 million, led to the ouster of Ailes. "His new contract, which was made at a time typical for renewals of multi-year talent contracts, added protections for the company specifically aimed at harassment, including that Mr. O'Reilly could be dismissed if the company was made aware of other allegations or if additional relevant information was obtained in a company investigation". Abernethy and Briganti remain at Fox. O'Reilly began ranting at the reporters at the end of the interview when they all stood up to leave.



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