Fox News hosts Bill O’Reilly and Megyn Kelly have been in a bitter feud this week ever since The O’Reilly Factor host slammed his coworker for publicly discussing the sexual harassment she claims to have faced at the hands of disgraced CEO Roger Ailes. On Wednesday morning, Kelly fired back at O’Reilly for claiming that she made Fox “look bad.”
“Well I will say this, I am very proud of the fact that I discussed this with Rupert and Lachlan Murdoch before I wrote this chapter in my book, and we were all on the same page,” Kelly told CBS This Morning on Wednesday, according to Daily Mail. “And it was an important chapter to include and I am proud of them that they feel as I do, that sunlight is the best disinfectant.”
“So you don’t feel like you are making the company look bad?” host Norah O’Donnell asked.
“I believe that Roger Ailes made the company look bad,” Kelly replied.
After Kelly’s interview, O’Reilly spoke out once again to clarify his comments and backtrack a little bit.
“I’d like to make one comment in defense of [Megyn Kelly],” O’Reilly told Don Imus during a radio interview, according to Mediaite. “She is a very smart, talented woman.”
“She has a perfect right to write a book and say anything she wants to say. And I don’t want that to get lost,” he added when Imus was critical of what Kelly had done. O’Reilly went on to say that he isn’t interested in any conflict.
“So I don’t have any beef. She runs her career, I run my career. But when a network is… going to try and bait me to say bad things about my network, I am not gonna do it,” O’Reilly said.
This is in stark contrast to what O’Reilly said on CBS This Morning on Tuesday when he was asked about the claims about Ailes that Kelly made in her memoir.
“Look, I’m trying to stay out of any of that stuff. I wish her well,” he said. “She’s a very smart woman. It’s a tough book environment. We’ll see if people respond to it.”
When asked if Kelly would appear on his show, O’Reilly replied, “I don’t know. We’ll see if she’s going to be on the show or not. I want to be that candid. I’m not that interested in this.”
“You’re not interested in sexual harassment?” O’Donnell asked.
“I’m not interested in basically litigating something that is finished that makes my network look bad. Okay?” he responded, clearly annoyed. “I’m not interested in making my network look bad at all. That doesn’t interest me one bit.”
“Is that what you think she is doing?” the CBS host asked.
“I don’t know,” O’Reilly said. “But I’m not going to even bother with it. I’ve got a country that’s in a transition, political transition. All right. I’ve got a kids book that I want millions of kids to look at. That’s what I’m interested in. Not making my network look bad.”
O’Reilly then slammed the media and the public for constantly attacking Fox.
“Look, it’s open season. Let’s whack the Fox News channel. I’ve had enough of it,” said O’Reilly. “It’s a place to work, all right? We do good work. We do honest work there. I’m not going to buy into let’s use the Fox News channel as a pinata, I don’t think it’s right.”
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