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Megyn Kelly to Jane Fonda: STFU, You Hypocrite!

Megyn Kelly has put Jane Fonda on blast.

There's a sentence we're guessing you didn't expect to read today.

But the NBC anchor took a few moments out from her program on Monday to address the quasi feud brewing between her and Fonda, which started a few weeks ago when the veteran actress sat down for an interview with Kelly.

Fonda was on hand at the time to promote the film Our Souls at Night – and she did not respond kindly to Kelly bringing up her many plastic surgery procedure on air.

"I read that you said you felt you're not proud to admit that you've had work done. Why not?" Kelly asked of Fonda, who responded tersely:

"We really want to talk about that now?"

The exchange went viral because, well, it was very awkward.

And now Kelly has gone on the offensive against Fonda, explaining why she pursued this line of questioning and calling Fonda out. Hard.

"When she first complained publicly after the program and repeatedly, I chose to say nothing as my general philosophy is what other people think of me is none of my business," Kelly opened.

"However, Fonda was at it again last week including here on NBC and then again elsewhere, so it's time to address the 'poor me' routine."

Oh, yes, Kelly held nothing back in this mini rant.

"First, some context," she explained, prior to adding:

"Fonda was on to promote a film about aging. For years she has spoken openly about her joy in giving a cultural face to older women.

"Well, the truth is most older women look nothing like Fonda, who is now 80 and if Fonda really wants to have an honest discussion about older women's cultural face, then her plastic surgery is tough to ignore.

"Fonda herself knows this. She knows this and that is why, to her credit, she has discussed her cosmetic surgery pretty much everywhere before coming on our show."

The show then aired a handful of clips of Fonda talking about her plastic surgery to various outlets and her reasoning for it.

Kelly's general point is that Fonda has opened the plastic surgery door many times and was out of line in making it look like Kelly was out of line for bringing it up.

"Apparently, when she came here, however, again to promote her film about aging, I was supposed to discern that this subject was suddenly off-limits," Kelly continued.

"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, 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."

From here, Kelly brought up Fonda's comments during the Vietnam War, saying the actress set out to "shame" American troops.

She also took Fonda to task for more recently telling the BBC that she was NOT proud of her country because it elected Donald Trump as President.

But she is proud of the "resistance."

Seriously, Kelly went deep with this take-down.

"So, the moral indignation is a little much," she concluded of Fonda.

"She put her plastic surgery out there. She said she wanted to discuss the plight of older women in America and honestly she has no business lecturing anyone on what qualifies as offensive."

Watch the full slamming below:

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Megyn Kelly Basically Encourages Viewers to Shame Fat People

Megyn Kelly would very much like a mulligan.

The NBC anchor claims she really did not mean to sound this week as if she was PRO-fat shaming.

What led some viewers to think Kelly actually held this seemingly ridiculous stance? Well…

During an interview Thursday with fit mom Maria Kang – a mother who is very into fitness and who is best known for her “No Excuses” campaign – Kelly made an eyebrow-raising remark.

And that’s a kind way of putting it.

“You should parlay the shaming thing into a professional business. Because some of us want to be shamed,” said the controversial host to Kang, who was promoting her workout philosophy.

Continued Kelly, sharing some personal history:

“When I was in law school, I was gaining weight, I said to my stepfather, ‘If you see me going into that kitchen one more time, you say, ‘Where you going, fat a–?’

“And it works!”

It’s easy to see how Kelly could have just been trying to make a joke here.

But it’s also easy to see how it could have been interpreted as the encouragement of fat-shaming – since she’s literally explaining that making her feel bad about her body was an effective strategy employed by her family member.

On Friday, facing a great deal of backlash, Kelly clarified her position.

On air, the failing reporter said “would never encourage [body shaming] toward any person,” despite how she may have come across the day before.

“I said something yesterday on the show that clearly struck a nerve, and I think it’s a conversation we need to have openly,” Kelly continued.

“We were discussing body shaming others, something I absolutely do not support. In fact, quite the opposite.”

Kelly then got very candid with viewers.

She explained that her “entire family is or has been overweight or obese.”

She also shared that her sister weighed more than 300 pounds at one point, prior to undergoing gastric bypass surgery, and that when she Kelly was six years old, she came home “in tears” after a neighbor called her mom “fat.”

There’s a history here, she elaborated.

She was simply trying to relay some of it on Thursday in her chat with Kang.

“By the time I got to middle school, the hormones and the weight kicked in. I was chubby by any standard and soon I found myself on the wrong side of some vicious bullies,” Kelly said.

She added:

“Ones who called me fat, and made fun of my backside, who subjected me to humiliating pranks. Those comments can cut deep, trust me, I know.

“Soon there were diet pills and obsessive exercise and I had reduced my calorie intake to 500 calories a day.

“My heart was racing all day, my hair and skin were dry but I was thin. And so unhappy.

“I was scared of gaining weight because of the insane standard this country holds its women to and because I was and remain afraid of dying in my 40s, which happened to my father.”

Kelly has grown and evolved.

She says she tries to eat healthy and is no longer ashamed of her figure.

However, “I still cringe when I hear a person attacked for his or her weight.”

The journalist says she can relate and that’s all she ever meant to imply with her initial comment.

In conclusion:

“Please know, I would never encourage that toward any person. I’ve been thinking a lot about why I once encouraged it toward myself. What I know for sure is that weight is an issue for millions of people, thin and heavy alike.

“And neither deserves to be judged or shamed for how they choose to handle that struggle.”

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Megyn Kelly: I Complained to My Bosses About Bill O’Reilly

Over the course of the past year, the Fox News Channel has been rocked by numerous allegations of sexual harassment and misconduct from both executives like the late Roger Ailes and on-air personalities such as Bill O'Reilly.

O'Reilly was fired by Fox back in April, but the new reports of his abusive and predatory behavior continue to surface.

Last week, both The New York Times and CNN confirmed that O'Reilly paid out an astonishing $ 32 million to settle out of court with former colleague Lis Wiehl, who leveled unspecified allegations against the conservative commentator.

O'Reilly responded to the report by issuing a statement in which he claimed he had been "viciously smeared" and asserting that in his 21 years at Fox News, no one woman ever complained about his behavior to human resources or the network's legal department.

Today, on her NBC morning show, Kelly proved that he was lying:

"Fox News was not exactly a friendly environment for harassment victims who wanted to report, in my experience," Kelly told her audience this morning, adding:

"O'Reilly's suggestion that no one ever complained about his behavior is false. I know because I complained."

Kelly then aired a clip from an interview with O'Reilly in which he accused her of "making [his] network look bad" by addressing the Ailes scandal in her memoir, even though Ailes had resigned in disgrace by the time the book was released.

Kelly responded with an email to her bosses, which she made public for the first time today:

"Perhaps it’s his own history of harassment of women which has, as you both know, resulted in payouts to more than one woman, including recently, that blinded him to the folly of saying anything other than ‘I am just so sorry for the women of this company who never should have had to go through that,’” Kelly wrote at the time.

Check out the courageous clip of Kelly confronting O'Reilly and the culture of harassment at Fox News below:

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Megyn Kelly: Is Her Massive Salary Pissing Off Her Colleagues?

As you may have heard, Megyn Kelly did not have a great week last week.

Her peppy, mostly apolitical morning show, Megyn Kelly Today, premiered to less than rave reviews and featured more than a few awkward moments.

Thus far, the show has served to strengthen the argument that NBC made a costly mistake in courting the former Fox News anchor.

Reports that execs are desperate to fire Kelly have been circulating but new revelations about just how much the network is paying the 46-year-old lead us to believe they’ll likely ride it out in hopes of seeing some return on their investment.

According to a new report from Radar Online, NBC has agreed to pay Kelly an astonishing $ 69 million over the next three years.

Yes, that awkward maorning show that’s become Twitter’s favorite punchline is earning Kelly $ 23 million a year.

For reference, NBC pays Jimmy Fallon just over $ 15 million annually.

Matt Lauer is paid more than Megyn, with a salary of $ 25 million, but he’s been with the network for 23 years!

“How on earth can they justify paying her $ 69m for three years?” said one irate insider in an interview with Radar.

“The network that created Barbara Walters, Tom Brokaw and Matt Lauer will now forever be remembered for the $ 69m hire of Megyn Kelly,” opined another.

What’s truly baffling about the staggering sum Kelly is being paid is that NBC had to know her contract amounted to a tremendous gamble on their part.

Though more moderate than some of her colleagues, Kelly still made a name for herself as a rightwing firebrand at Fox News.

NBC shelled out for a kinder, gentler Kelly, which baffled many within the industry.

Why pay her so much to not do what she’s best known for?

It’s the journalistic equivalent of signing Tom Brady for eight figures and having him play wide receiver.

On top of the confusing attempt at rebranding, the network assumed the risk that left leaning viewers would reject Kelly as a result of the controversial views she espoused in the past.

And indeed, to seems to be what’s taking place.

Numbers for Kelly’s second week aren’t in yet, but her ratings declined steadily during her first week on the air.

Of course, that could have less to do with the fact that she once argued Santa Claus is white in an unhinged on-air tirade, and more to do with the fact that her show is simply not good.

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Megyn Kelly Wraps Up Awful Week With Awkward Jab at Critics

Well, it’s Friday, and no doubt many of our readers are wrapping up tough weeks at work.

But folks, rest assured that no matter how many presentations you botched or flasks you were caught sipping from during important meetings (Susan in accounting is so damn judgemental!), you almost certainly didn’t have as terrible a week as Megyn Kelly.

It’s hard to overstate just how hard Megyn bombed in her first week hosting the second hour of Today.

It’s looking more and more like Kelly’s move to NBC will be remembered as the media equivalent of Crystal Pepsi – a costly corporate misstep that left the masses shaking their heads in disbelief that the big guys at the top could be so clueless.

But before we get to the awkward interviews, the savage Twitter roastings, and the on-camera cursing, let’s briefly recap how Megyn went from Fox News firebrand to perma-grinning Savannah Guthrie impersonator.

Kelly signed on with NBC back in January amidst continued shakeups and scandals at Fox.

Many wondered how the politically-neutral-ish network would use Kelly, who made a name for herself as a mouthpiece for the far-right.

And now it looks as though execs were equally unsure of where the 46-year-old would fit into their lineup.

She started out with a 60 Minutes-style Sunday night newsmagazine, and while Kelly’s ratings were decent, her interviews with Alex Jones and Vladimir Putin drew widespread condemnation from her media colleagues.

Sunday Night With Megyn Kelly is currently on hiatus, and its future is uncertain.

But that’s fine, because Kelly is totally done with politics, anyway!

Or at least that’s what she told her audience during her opening segment on Today Monday morning.

Unfortunately for Megyn, it seems she was a much better fit in the political arena than in the world of weekday morning perk-peddling.

The blunders started early and happened often.

First, Megyn asked a Will & Grace fan if watching the show “made [him] gay.”

(Series star Debra Messing later denounced Kelly’s comments.)

One day later, she got roasted by Jane Fonda for questioning the revered actress about plastic surgery in front of a live audience.

“Given the fact that we don’t have a lot of time and [Robert Redford] is right here, it’s a weird thing to bring up – whether I’ve had plastic surgery or not,” Fonda said after the interview.

“I have and I’ve talked about it. Seemed like the wrong time and place to ask that question,” the actress concluded.

The slip-ups and awkward moments were so plentiful that a cameraman saying “sh-t” live on the air barely attracted any media attention.

Kelly may have cut ties with the political world, but she’s brought the living nightmare/trainwreck vibe of Washington in 2017 to morning television.

She’s basically delivering the Trump administration of morning talk shows.

This morning, Kelly attempted to make amends and essentially ask for a re-do with a closing monologue that’s already being torn apart on social media:

“I just want to take a moment to thank all of you so much for watching this week. It’s been very exciting. It has been educational. I’ve just been so delighted that the media response, which has really — no,” she told her audienc in an attempt at humor.

“But the viewer response has been awesome, and I am so grateful to have all of you giving us a chance.”

For the record, the audience response had not been “awesome,” at least not according to the ratings, which have been in steady decline since Monday.

It may be time for both Kelly and NBC to cut their losses.

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Megyn Kelly Debuts on Today, Gets Destroyed on Twitter

Megyn Kelly has left Fox News for NBC.

This move took place at the outset of 2017, but it was truly made official when she debuted as the host of an hour of The Today Show on September 25.

"The truth is, I'm kind of done with politics for now," she said to open her new gig. "You know why, right? We all feel it, it's everywhere. And it's just gotten so dark."

Well, yeah. But it's also sort of important.

And you can't just snap your fingers and go from Serious Conservative Commentator on Fox News to Jovial and Innocuous Morning Personality on NBC.

But Kelly is trying. And this is how Twitter responded to those efforts after her first show…

1. In a Word?

In a word
Mortifying.

2. Old Megyn Kelly, Meet Old Taylor Swift

Old megyn kelly meet old taylor swift
You’re both dead.

3. This Show Needs a Name Change

This show needs a name change
Just come out and be honest, NBC.

4. Warm and Fuzzy?

Warm and fuzzy
How about Transparent and Lame?

5. So, Uhhh, That Happened

So uhhh that happened
Let’s just try to smile through it.

6. Goodbye, Fear!

Goodbye fear
Hello, Hope!

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Megyn Kelly: Might She Get Fired by NBC?!?

Remember when Megyn Kelly left Fox News and joined NBC and it was a really big deal and people thought it would significantly alter the television landscape?

Yeah.

Neither do we.

Not really, at least, not after Kelly’s first few bumpy months at her new network, nearly all of which have been filled with negative headlines and low ratings.

It’s undeniable that Kelly has not had the impact many thought she would have when she switched employers to kick off 2017…

… and now things are about to get especially interesting for the broadcaster.

Following a handful of Sunday night specials, Kelly will debut in the morning this month, taking her place five days per week during one of The Today Show hours.

This will be her chance to truly justify her mega salary. 

Or to fall even flatter on her face.

According to Radar Online insiders, NBC executives are “worried because they’ve invested a lot of resources into [Kelly] and they’re not sure if her original appeal when she was at Fox will translate.”

It’s certainly true that morning television viewers can be a picky bunch.

They want someone comforting to start their day, someone they feel welcoming inviting into their homes while they prepare to start their day.

Can Kelly be that someone?

This same insider says Kelly isn’t so sure. She’s lost a great deal of confidence during her brief NBC tenure.

Megyyn is having “a lot of sleepless nights,” Radar writes, as she’s frustrated that so few viewers have tuned in to watch her on Sunday evenings.

The entire situation is pretty darn awkward; for network that is paying millions per year to Kelly and for the anchor who thought she’d be making a much bigger splash by now.

“It’s just really stressful,” this source tells Radar. “No one wants to look like a fool.”

Is it possible Kelly barely even makes it through her contract?

Could she actually get canned?

Such a move would make other NBC employees happy, considering reports that they hate Kelly.

“People are outraged over her divalike ways,” a network source told Page Six this summer.

NBC is yet to announce a premiere date for Kelly on Today, but many within the television industry will be tuning in to see how she does.

Do you plan on giving her a whirl in the mornings?

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