Bill O’Reilly got some bad news last week when it was revealed that numerous women have accused him of sexual harassment over the years, and that both he and Fox News have paid out $13 million to his accusers since 2002. Since then, over 90 companies have pulled their advertisements from The O’Reilly Factor.
Now, it’s being reported that O’Reilly was one of the reasons Megyn Kelly suddenly left Fox News back in January.
The Hill reported that Kelly was angry at O’Reilly due to his criticism of her for publicly discussing sexual harassment she experienced at Fox. She reportedly emailed executives at Fox complaining about O’Reilly’s behavior during his appearance on “CBS This Morning” in November. During that appearance, he slammed Kelly for talking about how former Fox News Chairman Roger Ailes allegedly sexually harassed her in a book she released the same day as his interview.
“Look, it’s open season,” O’Reilly said when asked about Kelly’s claims. “Let’s whack the Fox News Channel. I’ve had enough of it. It’s a good place to work. All right?”
Four different sources have confirmed Kelly emailed Fox News executives warning them of the intimidating impact O’Reilly’s remarks might have on women who had faced harassment. Though O’Reilly was aware of Kelly’s email, he delivered a second public scolding later that evening. He did this despite the fact that one of his producers begged him not to.
“If you don’t like what’s happening in the workplace, go to human resources or leave,” O’Reilly said on his prime-time show.
Two sources say Kelly left Fox News partially due to O’Reilly’s behavior and how her former network handled it.
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