Megyn Kelly on Navigating Fox News: Roger Ailes Went from My Harasser to ‘My Mentor’
Megyn Kelly opened her show today with a blunt discussion about how Bill O’Reilly‘s ongoing scandal highlights a larger problem about workplace harassment around the country.
Kelly began by reacting to O’Reilly’s most recent podcast, where the former Fox News titan complained to God about the scrutiny he continues to face over his harassment allegations. Kelly spoke to Kate Snow and Cynthia McFadden afterwards, and she wondered if workplace harassment would ever stop between the scandals of O’Reilly, Bill Cosby and Harvey Weinstein.
“I feel like, if we have a scale from 0 to 100 – 100 is this doesn’t happen any longer or when it does, there’s zero tolerance – I feel like we’re at %17 on the scale. I feel like we have so far to go,” Kelly said. “Women are afraid. They’re afraid, like Juliet [Huddy] was afraid. They’re afraid that even knowing we’re at the beginning of a sea change, we’re still at the beginning.”
Kelly found it “bizarre” that she and her fellow media colleagues could only give subtle hints about their experiences with harassment because they were too afraid to speak about it out loud in the past. She also spoke about what it was like to deal with Roger Ailes‘ unwanted advances, even as she tried to learn from him while she was still with Fox News.
“I was harassed by Roger Ailes, and eventually, he left me alone, we got back on solid footing, and he became a boss and a mentor for me for years after. I’m not the only one who can relate to that. We, as women, are forced to navigate our way through those situations way more often than we should be.”
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