NBC has shared an email written by former Fox News host Megyn Kelly addressed to Fox News co-presidents Bill Shine and Jack Abernethy last year proving she voiced her concerns about Bill O’Reilly’s inappropriate behavior toward women.
“After Roger Ailes was booted from Fox in July 2016 and she was promoting her book ‘Settle For More,’ Megyn Kelly talked about sexual harassment and Fox News, and what it was like for her. Bill O’Reilly, meanwhile, shot down negative stories about Fox and said no one had ever complained about him. Kelly, on the other hand, said she had in fact voiced concerns about O’Reilly to the two co-presidents of the network,” read a preview note on Today.com.
“This is what she sent to former co-president Bill Shine and current president Jack Abernethy,” the note concluded.
“Perhaps he didn’t realize the kind of message his criticism sends to young women across the country about how men continue to view the issues of speaking out about sexual harassment,” Kelly wrote on Nov. 15, 2016.
“Perhaps he didn’t realize his exact attitude of shaming women into shutting the hell up about harassment on grounds that it will disgrace the company is in part how Fox News got into the decade-long [Roger] Ailes mess to begin with,” she continued.
“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,'” she added.
“Whatever the reason, you’ve got a hell of a guy hosting that 8pm hour.”
The Hill added:
Shine stepped down in May just weeks after O’Reilly was ousted from the network following an April 1 report in The New York Times that five women were paid $13 million to settle sexual harassment suits.
Kelly left Fox for NBC in January after 13 years with the network.
The release of Kelly’s email comes as the New York Times reported on Saturday that Fox had decided to re-sign O’Reilly after he paid $32 million to longtime colleague and legal analyst Lis Wiehl, who threatened to sue him for alleged sexual misconduct.
Wiehl left the network in April.
O’Reilly has maintained his innocence, now portraying himself as the victim.
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