Megyn Kelly on Roger Ailes: A Woman Can "Have a Good Working Relationship With the Man Harassing Her"
Appearing on 'Good Morning America,' the Fox News anchor also addresses speculation about what she'll do next, with her contract ending next year.
Megyn Kelly sat down with George Stephanopoulos on Good Morning America on Tuesday for the first in a series of TV interviews about her new book, Settle for More, which hits shelves today.
The Fox News anchor made two appearances on the ABC morning show, first joining Stephanopoulos at the top of the program to discuss Donald Trump's controversial appointment of Breitbart head and his former campaign chair Steve Bannon as his chief strategist.
Joining Stephanopoulos 30 minutes later, Kelly discussed her book, including what she writes about her complicated relationship with Trump over the past year, with whom she had a high-profile, public feud before she met with him in person at Trump Tower and the two moved on.
Kelly and Stephanopoulos also discussed her relationship with Roger Ailes, who, she says in her book, made unwanted advances toward her, including trying to kiss her three times, many years ago, after which she reported his behavior to a supervisor and avoided him.
Ailes has since responded to those allegations by suggesting Kelly is being ungrateful for his support.
Through his attorney, Susan Estrich, Ailes said in a statement, "I categorically deny the allegations Megyn Kelly makes about me. I worked tirelessly to promote and advance her career, as Megyn herself admitted to Charlie Rose. Watch that interview and then decide for yourself. My attorneys have restricted me from commenting further — so suffice it to say that no good deed goes unpunished."
GMA aired a portion of that Charlie Rose interview, in which Kelly says Ailes "has been nothing but loyal" and has "had [her] back," after which Stephanopoulos asked Kelly how she could reconcile those two characterizations of Ailes.
"Both things can be true. A woman can be harassed and then go on to have a good working relationship with the man harassing her and that is what happened in my case," she said, pointing out that Ailes stopped harassing her after she avoided him for six months.
"He stopped and we went on to have a healthy working relationship. What he said about promoting me and having my back over the next several years is true. It was one of the reasons why even I found it hard to believe he was a serial harasser…. It soon became clear to me upon reading the allegations that at least an investigation was necessary."
When asked if Ailes would still be the head of Fox News if Kelly's former Fox News colleague Gretchen Carlson hadn't sued, Kelly said, "I think so."
At the end of the interview, Stephanopoulos tried to get Kelly to offer some insight into her next move, with her Fox News contract up next year. She indicated she doesn't think her past year dealing with Trump and Ailes poses a problem, saying, "I can go hopefully anywhere I want. I don't think anything that's happened this past year has limited that."
"In my opinion, the Murdochs, who are running Fox News Channel now, are honorable men who want to do what's right and have a great vision for Fox News going forward," Kelly added. "This is my philosophy: Settle for more. So I'm going to do that."