- The Washington Times - Monday, October 23, 2017

Former Fox News star Megyn Kelly blasted Bill O’Reilly Monday by reading a November 2016 letter she wrote to the network’s top brass about his behavior.

The host of NBC’s “Megyn Kelly Today” started off the week by lambasting her old FNC coworker as intellectually dishonest when he speaks of sexual harassment claims that led to his ouster in April. His recent claim that he did not have one human resources complaint against him in 42 years, coupled with a New York Times piece Saturday regarding a $32 million settlement with Lis Wiehl, prompted her to go public.

“O’Reilly’s suggestion that no one complained about his behavior is false,” she said. “I know because I complained. It was November of 2016, the day my memoir was released. In it, I included a chapter on [former Fox News Channel chief executive Roger] Ailes and the sexual harassment scandal at Fox News. Something the Murdochs knew I was doing and, to their credit, approved.”

Ms. Kelly said that Mr. O’Reilly’s comments during a CBS interview while she promoted “Settle for More” — he didn’t want to make Fox “look bad” — was the kind of rhetoric that discouraged women from speaking out about sexual harassment.

She wrote to Fox co-presidents Bill Shine and Jack Abernethy:

“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. 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.’”

Mr. O’Reilly told NBC’s Matt Lauer on Sept. 19 that he spent four decades in the news business while working for 12 companies without a single human resources complaint.

“We have physical proof that this is bull–t. Bull–t,” Mr. O’Reilly told The Times in response to the piece it released over the weekend. “OK? So it’s on you if you want to destroy my children further.”


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