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Some Fox News talent isn’t on board with Megyn Kelly’s remarks about former network chief Roger Ailes.
While promoting his new children’s book Give Please a Chance on CBS This Morning, Bill O’Reilly was asked about Kelly’s claims of sexual harassment by the recently ousted Fox News chief. O’Reilly told the CBS hosts that those kinds of remarks makes his “network look bad” and that he “isn’t interested,” before later getting more heated.
“It’s open season, ‘let’s whack the Fox News Channel,'” said The O’Reilly Factor host. “I’ve had enough of it! It’s a good place to work. We do good work, we do honest work there. So I’m not going to buy into, ‘let’s use the Fox News Channel as a pinata,’ I don’t think it’s right.”
“I’m not that interested in this,” O’Reilly told CBS This Morning at first, clarifying that “I’m not that interested in litigating something that is finished that makes my network look bad. I’m not interested in making my network look bad. At all. That doesn’t interest me one bit.”
In her memoir, Settle for More, which debuted today, Kelly said that Ailes had “made sexual comments to me, offers of professional advancement in exchange for sexual favors, and eventually, physical attempts to be with me — every single one of which I rejected.” She later writes that Ailes “crossed a new line” later by “trying to grab me repeatedly and kiss me on the lips.” After she tried to dodge him, she says “he followed me and asked me an ominous question: ‘When is your contract up?’”
Kelly also writes in her memoir that she was asked many times to defend Ailes publicly. When she refused, “he engineered hit pieces about me online.” When Kelly got her own show in 2013, she writes that O’Reilly warned her “that primetime cable news is a snake pit, and I would have to gird myself for acrimony.”
On Tuesday’s O’Reilly Factor, he addressed the remarks again, calling Ailes‘ exit at Fox News after Gretchen Carlson sued him for sexual harassment “some problems Fox News Channel had earlier this year.”
“If somebody is paying you a wage, you owe that person or company allegiance,” said O’Reilly. “You don’t like what’s happening in the workplace, go to human resources or leave, I’ve done that.”
Concluding his “Tip of the Day” segment, he said: “Don’t run down the concern that supports you by trying to undermine it. Tip of the day: loyalty is good.”
Watch the CBS This Morning segment below.
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