While appearing on CBS This Morning on Tuesday, Fox News host Bill O’Reilly criticized fellow host Megyn Kelly for detailing the sexual harassment she claims to have faced at the hands of disgraced CEO Roger Ailes in her new memoir “Settle For More.” Now, she’s firing back at O’Reilly for accusing her of making Fox News “look bad.”
“Well I will say this, I am very proud of the fact that I discussed this with Rupert and Lachlan Murdoch before I wrote this chapter in my book, and we were all on the same page,” Kelly told CBS This Morning on Wednesday, according to Daily Mail. “And it was an important chapter to include and I am proud of them that they feel as I do, that sunlight is the best disinfectant.”
“So you don’t feel like you are making the company look bad?” host Norah O’Donnell asked.
“I believe that Roger Ailes made the company look bad,” Kelly replied.
O’Reilly doubled down on his criticism of Kelly during his own show on Tuesday night.
“If somebody is paying you a wage, you owe that person or company allegiance,” O’Reilly said. “If you don’t like what’s happening in the workplace, go to human resources or leave.”
It all started when O’Reilly was asked about the Kelly scandal during his appearance on CBS This Morning on Tuesday.
“Look, I’m trying to stay out of any of that stuff. I wish her well,” he said. “She’s a very smart woman. It’s a tough book environment. We’ll see if people respond to it.”
When asked if Kelly would appear on his show, O’Reilly replied, “I don’t know. We’ll see if she’s going to be on the show or not. I want to be that candid. I’m not that interested in this.”
“You’re not interested in sexual harassment?” O’Donnell asked.
“I’m not interested in basically litigating something that is finished that makes my network look bad. Okay?” he responded, clearly annoyed. “I’m not interested in making my network look bad at all. That doesn’t interest me one bit.”
“Is that what you think she is doing?” the CBS host asked.
“I don’t know,” O’Reilly said. “But I’m not going to even bother with it. I’ve got a country that’s in a transition, political transition. All right. I’ve got a kids book that I want millions of kids to look at. That’s what I’m interested in. Not making my network look bad.”
O’Reilly then slammed the media and the public for constantly attacking Fox.
“Look, it’s open season. Let’s whack the Fox News channel. I’ve had enough of it,” said O’Reilly. “It’s a place to work, all right? We do good work. We do honest work there. I’m not going to buy into let’s use the Fox News channel as a pinata, I don’t think it’s right.”
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