Former ABC News Employee Says She Didn't Leak Amy Robach Video

Ashley Bianco - h - 2019
Megyn Kelly

Former NBC host Megyn Kelly interviewed Ashley Bianco, who accessed the Robach tape while working at the network. She then lost her new job.

Former NBC host Megyn Kelly has conducted her first on-camera interview since her morning show was canceled in October 2018, sitting down with the woman who has been blamed for the release of an internal video of ABC News anchor Amy Robach expressing frustration with her network for shelving an interview with Jeffrey Epstein accuser Virginia Giuffre.

The woman, Ashley Bianco, served as an associate producer at ABC News before leaving for CBS News. She lost her new job at the network, four days in, after the conservative advocacy group Project Veritas published the internal video Tuesday.

"Did you leak the tape?" Kelly asked her, for a video published on YouTube. "I did not," Bianco responded. "Not to anyone? At any time?" Kelly replied. "No, never," Bianco said.

Bianco said she made a clip of Robach's comments, recorded this summer on a "hot mic," saved it into the network's internal system and "essentially marked it into the system." She added, "I did it just for office gossip."

"I was watching the comments while I was at my desk, and I had seen what she was saying, and I went to my manager and said, 'Do you see what she's saying? Does she know that she's on a hot mic?'" Bianco said. "The assistant said to us that Amy knew she was on a mic, and she knew she was being broadcast to all the affiliates."

Bianco described the real-time reaction at ABC to Robach's comments about her interview with Giuffre: "Everyone in the office was freaked out by what she was saying, and everyone was watching it."

She said she loved working at ABC and had no desire to embarrass her network or Robach.

"I didn't touch it after that," Bianco said of the internal clipping. "It stayed in the system. I hadn't even heard of Project Veritas until this."

She said she was "shocked" when James O'Keefe's organization released the clip. 

Bianco expressed frustration with CBS' decision to part ways with her. "I wasn't even given the professional courtesy to defend myself," she said. "I didn't know what I had been accused of. It was humiliating. It was devastating."

She did not say whether she knows the identity of the person who leaked the video to Project Veritas, and Kelly did not directly ask her the question. But she said the clip was widely discussed and well-known around the office.

Earlier Friday, Project Veritas published an open letter from the "ABC insider" who claims to have leaked the video. "I, like many, are at a loss for words on how this has been handled," the person wrote. "Instead of addressing this head-on like the company has in the past, it has spun into a mission of seek-and-destroy. … I went to Project Veritas for the sole reason that any other media outlet would have probably shelved this as well."