Fox News host Bill O’Reilly insinuated in an interview with CBS that Megyn Kelly made the cable network look bad by discussing allegations of sexual harassment against their former boss Roger Ailes.
Kelly detailed the alleged harassment she faced from Ailes, who resigned from Fox News in July amid a wave of allegations of harassment, for the first time in her memoir, Settle for More, released on Tuesday. (Ailes has denied all allegations of sexual harassment, and issued a statement on Monday to “categorically deny” the allegations made in Kelly’s book.)
O’Reilly appeared on CBS This Morning to promote Give Please a Chance, the children’s book he authored with James Patterson. CBS anchor Norah O’Donnell asked O’Reilly if he had read Kelly’s book. O’Reilly said he hadn’t, but he wished her well. “I’m not all that interested in this,” he said.
“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? I’m not interested in making my network look bad. At all,” O’Reilly said. “That doesn’t interest me one bit.”
O’Donnell asked if O’Reilly thought that was what Kelly was doing. “I don’t know. But I’m not going to even bother with it,” he said.
O’Reilly has defended Ailes in the past. After former Fox News anchor Gretchen Carlson filed a sexual harassment lawsuit against Ailes in July, O’Reilly said on Late Night With Seth Meyers that he stood by Ailes “100 percent” and that powerful and wealthy individuals are often “targets.” (In September, O’Reilly claimed on the Today Show that his comments were “about what kind of a boss Roger Ailes was, not about the case.”)
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