“Megyn Kelly Today” fame Megyn Kelly appeared on “Late Night With Seth Meyers” on Wednesday night, where she opened about her former employer, Fox News, and Bill O’Reilly. First, they enjoyed jokes about whether it is better to host a show late night or early in the morning then the NBC talk show’s focus shifted Fox News and Bill O’Reilly.
In January 2016, O’Reilly had paid a $32 million for settlement after being accused of sexual harassment by the Fox News legal analyst Lis Wiehl, Fox News renewed his contract a month later, the New York Times reported.
After the New York Times reported that O’Reilly had settled six other women who accused him of sexual harassment, he left the network. In his defense, he said that paper was out to smear him. He added the fact that no women reported against O’Reilly to human resources during two decades he worked for the network.
Meyers told Kelly, “You gave an impassioned speech, which I thought was wonderful and I’m glad you did it, where you had pointed out you had gone to Fox News.” Meyers said, “Did you know right away that you were going to do that, as soon as you heard him say his falsehood about the fact that no one had ever done it?”
Kelly elaborated, “It was the combo of him saying that, and the news that he had paid $32 million to settle a claim.” Kelly said, “He was renewed at the company after he did that. And I know that Fox says it didn’t know. The question remains, why didn’t they? Why wouldn’t you know? Why wouldn’t you ask before you bring this man back in the workplace and unleash him on the workforce?”
“The combination of those things and what’s happening in the country, it was time. It was time to tell that story. I take no pleasure in discussing Fox News in that way because I had a lot of good years there and they’re not all bad. They’ve got some great people. He is not one of them,” she added.
Kelly said that human resources available as an option but many women hesitate to take action against a powerful executive because of the fear of retribution.
“The reality is, A) women — and it can happen to men, too — need to form an underground army where they talk to each other and know they’re not alone,” she said. “And B) men in positions of power … need to not only stick up for us publicly, but in the bars and at night time. And when we’re not there and when they’re talking about us in this way and when we’re walking out and they’re looking at our a–. Those are the moments you need to stand up and say, ‘Dude, no.’ ”