Megyn Kelly Responds to Bill O'Reilly Criticism: "Roger Ailes Made the Company Look Bad"
The Fox News anchor explained that both Rupert and Lachlan Murdoch seemed to support her, including a chapter in her book about her experience with Ailes.
When Megyn Kelly stopped by CBS This Morning on Wednesday to talk about her new book, Settle for More, in which, among other things, she discusses her personal experiences with Donald Trump and Roger Ailes, she was also confronted with another powerful man who'd taken issue with her: Bill O'Reilly.
The O'Reilly Factor host told CBS This Morning on Tuesday, when asked about Kelly's book and her claims of sexual harassment by Ailes, "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."
That footage was played for Kelly on Wednesday's show and she said, when asked if she was "making the company look bad," "I believe that Roger Ailes made the company look bad."
She also explained that both Lachlan and Rupert Murdoch, executive chairmen of Fox News parent company 21st Century Fox, supported her decision to include the chapter about Ailes in her book.
"I am very proud of the fact that I discussed this with Lachlan and Rupert Murdoch before I wrote this chapter in my book," Kelly said after she watched footage of O'Reilly's comments. "And we were all on the same page that this was an important chapter to include and I am proud of them that they feel as I do, which is sunlight is the best disinfectant."
Beyond that, she said she hoped telling her story could help other women who experienced sexual harassment in the workplace.
"My heart is with other women out there. Trust me, this doesn't just happen at Fox News," Kelly said. "We got rid of ours but there are men, trust me, out there right now doing this to other women and other women who are watching this right now who are scared and don't know what to do because they know very well like I did in the moment, if you speak up, the reality is, you can talk loftily all you want about taking a stand, the reality is you're still labeled a troublemaker. That's still the world in which we live, hopefully less so today than back when it happened to me. I don't have all the answers. I'm trying to shine a light on this and put other companies on notice that we're watching you. I would say to young women to whom this is happening now, if this were happening to me now, I would at least seek out, in particular, a woman of power in my company who could advise me well or who could go to bat for me."
In her book, Kelly writes that O'Reilly warned her when she got her primetime show in 2013 that "prime-time cable news is a snake pit, and I would have to gird myself for acrimony."