Bill O'Reilly Claimed No One Complained To HR. Watch Megyn Kelly's Powerful Response.

"This must stop."

Former Fox News host Megyn Kelly used her monologue on The Today Show to deliver a powerful rebuke of Bill O'Reilly's claim that nobody ever complained about him at the channel.

O'Reilly, who was ousted from the network over allegations of sexual harassment, told The New York Times over the weekend that during his tenure at Fox News he "never had one complaint filed against me by a co-worker in any Human Resources department." On Monday morning, Kelly disputed that claim on her own show.

"O'Reilly's suggestion that no one ever complained about his behavior is false," Kelly said. "I know because I complained."


Kelly went on to explain that after complaining about O'Reilly to former Fox News co-president Bill Shine, Shine assured her that he would "deal with" O'Reilly. But just days later, O'Reilly was back on the air — and using his massive platform to shame and attack his accusers. 

"This is not unique to Fox News," Kelly said. "Women everywhere are used to being dismissed, ignored, or attacked when raising complaints about men in authority positions. They stay silent so often out of fear. Fear of ending their career, fear of lawyers, yes. And often fear of public shaming, including through the media."

The report in The New York Times alleged that one of those accusers, Lis Wiehl, was paid $32 million dollars in a settlement with O'Reilly. That left many, including former Fox News host Gretchen Carlson — who accused former Fox News President and CEO Roger Ailes of sexual harassment — wondering what would warrant a $32 million dollar settlement. 

In his interview with The New York Times over the weekend, O'Reilly claimed the publication had its figures wrong on the settlement and the entire story was "wrong."

"This is crap," he said. "And you know it. It's politically and financially motivated. And we can prove it with shocking information."

On Monday afternoon, O'Reilly released photographs of two notes that Kelly had written him where she praised his character and thanked him for his support of her career. But Carlson and a swathe of other Twitter users seemed unmoved by the notes, which O'Reilly seemed to believe helped his case. Instead, Twitter largely interpreted the notes as proof that women are forced to heap praise upon their male superiors in the workplace even if those superiors have acted with malice towards them.

Kelly's monologue serves as a powerful example of as a woman using her own platform to speak out against what she sees as an unfair characterization of events regarding a sexual harassment allegation. 

"This must stop — the abuse of women, the shaming of them, the threatening and the retaliation, the silencing of them after the fact," Kelly said. "It has to stop."


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