Megyn Kelly has said she complained to the co-presidents of Fox News about former show host Bill O'Reilly's sexual harassment toward women, countering his claim that no such complaints were made during his 21-year tenure.
"O'Reilly's suggestion that no one ever complained about his behavior is false," the former Fox News host said while appearing on Today on Monday. "I know because I complained."
Kelly's comments come after a report by the New York Times published Saturday said O'Reilly was given a new contract by Fox after he paid $32 million to settle a sexual harassment claim made by Fox News legal analyst Lis Wiehl in January. The report had "maliciously smeared" him, O'Reilly said through a spokesperson. He said no woman had come forward to Fox's human resources or legal team while he was employed with the network.
Kelly worked for Fox from 2004 to January 2016. She said she had written an email to co-presidents Bill Shine and Jack Abernethy in November 2016 noting O'Reilly's behavior. She sent the email the same day her book, "Settle For More," was released. One of the book's chapters detailed Kelly's harassment from former Fox News CEO Roger Ailes.
Shine allegedly responded to the email saying he would "deal with it."
"By 8 p.m. that night, O'Reilly had apparently been dealt with, and by that I mean he was permitted with management's advance notice and blessing to go on the air and attack the company's harassment victims yet again," said Kelly.
O'Reilly was fired by Fox in April after the New York Times revealed the company had paid several million dollars in settlements to five women who accused O'Reilly of harassment.