Megyn Kelly: I was sexually harassed by Fox News chief executive Roger Ailes

Who are those people working for?
Who are these people working for?

…by Jonas E. Alexis


Megyn Kelly and Bill O’Reilly should make you laugh—not because they are really funny, but because they often pronounce really dumb and crazy ideas. It is even more incredible when you realize that many of their listeners never question them.

Here’s the issue. Kelly has recently charged that former Fox News chief executive Roger Ailes sexually harassed her. Kelly declared that Ailes offered her great promotion “in exchange for sexual favors.”[1] Kelly said:

“I would be called into Roger’s office, he would shut the door, and over the next hour or two, he would engage in a kind of cat-and-mouse game with me — veering between obviously inappropriate sexually charged comments (e.g. about the ‘very sexy bras’ I must have and how he’d like to see me in them) and legitimate professional advice.”[2]

In 2006, Kelly continued, Ailes “crossed a new line — trying to grab me repeatedly and kiss me on the lips.” When Kelly refuses, Ailes “asked me an ominous question: ‘When is your contract up?’ And then, for the third time, he tried to kiss me.”[3]

This is not the first time that Ailes has been accused of sexual harassment. “Former Fox News broadcaster Gretchen Carlson sued him for sexual harassment and other women came forward with similar allegations. Fox later settled with Carlson for $20 million.”[4]

Now here is the rub. The legendary Bill O’Reilly doesn’t want to hear criticism about Fox News at all. This is O’Reilly at his best:

I’m not interested in Megyn Kelly making my network look bad at all. That doesn’t interest me one bit. If somebody is paying you a wage, you owe that person or company an allegiance. If you don’t like what’s happening in the workplace, go to human resources or leave. But don’t run down the concern that supports you by trying to undermine it.”

Some of the hosts were quite shocked when lying liar and loudmouth Bill[5] made that announcement. “You’re not interested in sexual harassment?,” one lady responded. O’Reilly’s response was obviously revealing, and that should tell listeners what he stands for. O’Reilly added:

“I’m not going to even bother with it [Kelly’s new book]. I’ve a country that’s in a political transition. I’ve got a kid’s book that I want a million of kids to look at. That’s what I’m interested in, not making my network look bad.”

One lady during the round table discussion was completely shocked. She grabbed a piece of paper and used it as a fan to exorcise Bill’s outrageous statement. “Excuse me,” she said. “I feel a little hot in here.”

O’Reilly continued: “I stand behind Roger 100 percent. In this country, every famous, powerful or wealthy person is a target. You’re a target, I’m a target. Anytime somebody could come out and sue us, attack us, go to the press or anything like that.”[6]

Ladies and gentlemen, this is the same Bill O’Reilly who writes in Pinheads and Patriots that “I base my opinions on solid research and deliver my Talking Points memos with the authority of experience and knowledge.”[7] This is the joker who also writes, “Rule One: Tell the truth, always.”[8]

Now you know that this man is actually a political whore, which means he is selling whatever moral principle he had for money, power and fame. In fact, O’Reilly is making $20 million every year. People like O’Reilly would almost certainly do just about anything to get the almighty dollar. As we are told again and again: “For the love of money is the root of all evil.”


Now let’s turn the table around. What about Megyn Kelly? Is she all that innocent? Sure, Ailes is definitely wrong, and he certainly needs to be put on trial for his sexual harassment. But Kelly needs to look at herself in the mirror and ask the deeper questions:

“Did I provide the vehicle upon which sexual predators like Ailes can ride high? What was I thinking when I went to the Howard Stern show and talked about penises and ‘attractive guys’ at Fox News? Why did I answer Stern’s questions about screwing people sexually at Fox News?

“If I like Bill O’Reilly’s ‘saucy sex’ book, couldn’t that be a doorway for Ailes to make a move? And what about all my interesting pictures for magazines such as GQ and Hollywood Reporter?

“What billionaire with no morals would not offer me some interesting gift? Stern asked me about being a striper, and I didn’t even rebuke him. I just thought it was funny. Perhaps I have been sending mixed messages to people like Ailes. Ailes should have been able to control his passion and appetite, but I should have known that tempting weak men isn’t a good idea.”

Obviously Kelly needs to come to her senses. By appearing on the Howard Stern Show and talking about things like frolicking, she was obviously playing with fire. Kelly said she and her own 4-year-old daughter were offended when Donald Trump called her “bimbo.” Kelly literally lamented:

“My daughter, my awesome, amazing daughter, she didn’t realize the loss she suffered. You know what I mean? I just feel like that was damaging. And she didn’t even know how damaging it was. I mean, listen, it’s not the worst thing that could ever happen, but that upset me. I don’t want that to be a question our 4-year-old daughters are asking us.”[9]

Give me a break! Why doesn’t Kelly tell her daughter what she talked about on the Howard Stern Show? Wouldn’t that be great bedtime story for a 4-year-old? If Kelly is really honest, why does she continue to pose as if she is selling her body?

Moreover, Kelly still wants to prostrate before the Powers That Be for money. It was reported that she was using threat “as a bargaining chip to push her salary closer to that of male rivals, such as Bill O’Reilly, who earns $15million.”[10] It is said that the Murdochs have offered Kelly more than $20 million to stay at Fox News.[11]

Whether Kelly likes it or not, she has no moral ground. She is looking after the almighty dollar, and her recent book is just a classic example of dishonesty.

[1] William Cummings, “Report: Upcoming Megyn Kelly book details sexual harassment by Roger Ailes,” USA Today, November 4, 2016.

[2] Ibid.

[3] Ibid.

[4] Ibid.

[5] Richard Cohen, “Bill O’Reilly deserves a medal for his combat confabulations,” Washington Post, February 25, 2015.

[6] Quoted in Charlotte Klein, “Bill O’Reilly Defends Roger Ailes Against Sexual Harassment Allegations,” Huffington Post, July 14, 2016.

[7] Bill O’Reilly, Pinheads and Patriots (New York: HarperCollins, 2010), 116.

[8] Ibid., 118.

[9] Marisa Guthrie, “Megyn Kelly Gets Candid: ‘Dangerous’ Roger Ailes, Her Trump Saga, That Offer and Why She Won’t Call Herself a Feminist,” Hollywood Reporter, November 16, 2016.

[10] “’Megyn will demand a salary equal to Bill O’Reilly’: Kelly’s threat to quit Fox ‘is a bargaining chip to give herself a pay rise to $15million,’” Daily Mail, April 11, 2016.

[11] Marisa Guthrie, “Megyn Kelly Gets Candid: ‘Dangerous’ Roger Ailes, Her Trump Saga, That Offer and Why She Won’t Call Herself a Feminist,” Hollywood Reporter, November 16, 2016.


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