Megyn Kelly, the former Fox News star, told her Megyn Kelly Today audience on NBC that while Fox News Corp. promised many that the work environment for female workers would improve after ousting network head Roger Ailes, and hosts Bill O’Reilly & Eric Bolling, no real change has happened.
In an emotional address, Kelly confirmed to her viewers, “O’Reilly’s suggestion that no one ever complained about his behavior is false. I know because I complained.”
Kelly also shared that victims are often bullied into silence through “fear of public shaming, including through the media.” She named names and pointed fingers at Irena Briganti, Fox’s media relations chief, who she says “is known for her vindictiveness.”
“To this day [Briganti] pushes negative articles on certain Ailes accusers like the one you are looking at right now,” Kelly said.
Kelly’s monologue comes on the heels of a bombshell report in the New York Times which revealed that O’Reilly paid a $32 million settlement to one woman, Lis Wiehl, just before Fox News resigned him to a huge new contract. Fox News was aware of the basic terms of the settlement, if not the exact amount.
“O’Reilly’s suggestion that no one ever complained about his behavior is false. I know because I complained.” @megynkelly on Bill O’Reilly pic.twitter.com/BO8ifQcJbu
— TODAY (@TODAYshow) October 23, 2017
Speaking on Glenn Beck’s radio show today, Bill O’Reilly proclaimed he’s being attacked for political purposes and that it’s been a “horror show” for him and his family.
This past weekend, The New York Times reported that O’Reilly agreed to a $32 million settlement to a former legal analyst who had accused O’Reilly of harassment.
As has been said elsewhere – no one pays $32 million over false allegations.