- The Washington Times - Monday, January 22, 2018

NBC host Megyn Kelly fired back at Jane Fonda during her daytime talk show Monday, saying the actress has “no business lecturing anyone” on what is and isn’t appropriate in the public eye.

Ms. Kelly had an uncomfortable moment with Ms. Fonda in September on her talk show “Megyn Kelly Today” after she asked the actress about her past plastic surgeries, which Ms. Fonda had been outspoken about while speaking with other outlets.

“We really want to talk about that now?” Ms. Fonda asked at the time, changing the subject. She later complained to ET Canada that the line of questioning was “weird” and inappropriate.

Last week, Ms. Fonda brought up the exchange again with actress Lily Tomlin and the hosts of “Today” after Ms. Tomlin made a facelift joke.

“Who are you, Megyn Kelly?” Ms. Fonda shot back.

And during an interview with Variety published Saturday, Ms. Fonda told the magazine that she would only consider sitting down with Ms. Kelly again if she polished her interviewing skills.

“It wasn’t like I was upset. I was stunned,” the actress said. “It was so inappropriate. It showed that she’s not that good an interviewer. But if she comes around and learns her stuff, sure.”

Ms. Kelly dedicated her monologue Monday morning to responding to Ms. Fonda, saying the actress’ “poor me routine” is a farce.

“And now a word on Jane Fonda, who appears to be fixated on an exchange I had with her months ago on this show,” the former Fox News host said.

Ms. Kelly played several clips of Ms. Fonda speaking candidly about her plastic surgeries in interviews elsewhere, and defended her questioning of the actress as relevant, given the fact that Ms. Fonda was promoting her new movie “Our Souls at Night,” which is a “film about aging,” Ms. Kelly said.

“Look, I gave her the chance to empower other women, young and old, on a subject which she purports to know well, and she rejected it. That’s OK,” Ms. Kelly told the audience. “But I have no regrets about that question, nor am I in the market for a lesson from Jane Fonda on what is and is not appropriate. After all, this is a woman whose name is synonymous with outrage.”

Ms. Kelly referred to Ms. Fonda’s notorious “Hanoi Jane” controversy, which has followed her since 1972 when she called American soldiers “war criminals” and traveled to Hanoi, Vietnam, to meet with enemy soldiers.

“She posed on an anti-aircraft gun used to shoot down our American pilots, she called our POWs hypocrites and liars and referred to their torture as understandable,” Ms. Kelly said. “Even she had to apologize years later for that gun picture, but not for the rest of it. By the way, she still says she is not proud of America. So the moral indignation is a little much.

“She has no business lecturing anyone on what qualifies as offensive,” she added.

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