"They've got some great people. He is not one of them," Kelly says.
Megyn Kelly explained to Seth Meyers on Wednesday night why she decided to use her new daytime NBC talk show to speak out against former employer Fox News and another one of the network's former stars, Bill O'Reilly.
"It was time," Kelly said. "It was time to tell that story. I take no pleasure in discussing Fox News in that way, because I had a lot of good years there and they're not all bad. They've got some great people. He is not one of them."
Earlier this week, The New York Times ran a story detailing how Fox renewed O'Reilly's contract last February after he settled a sexual harassment complaint from a longtime female analyst for $32 million in January. O'Reilly, who was ultimately fired in April after more sexual harassment allegations and settlements became public, rebutted by saying the paper was out to ruin his reputation. He argued no women have complained about his behavior to human resources during his two decades at the network.
Kelly said otherwise.
"O'Reilly's suggestion that no one ever complained about his behavior is false. I know because I complained," she said at the start of her "Today" hour this past Monday.
Kelly said she she wrote an email to former co-presidents of the cable news network, Bill Shine and Jack Abernethy, in November 2016 about how the anchor used his platform to criticize the women who have become victims of sexual assault.
Meyers asked Kelly if she thought a big reason women weren't reporting sexual harassment in the workplace was because they are nervous for the consequences. For example, shortly after Kelly made her email criticizing O'Reilly public, his website published old thank you notes that Kelly wrote him years ago.
"I think it's right out of the playbook of a lot of these guys," Kelly said. "I mean ask yourselves: Who keeps thank you notes from nine years earlier and puts them in a file just in case they need them?"
"It might be that he's only ever gotten the two," Meyers responded.
Kelly later mentioned that she hates when people ask accusers why they didn't report it.
"The first question you need to ask is, 'Was there a safe avenue for reporting?' And only if the answer to that question is yes, do you get to ask that next question," Kelly said. "Because let me tell you, the answer to that question was 'no' at my workplace for years. There wasn't. HR was controlled by the CEO, who was harassing half of the women in the building."
"The reality is A.) Women - and it can happen to men, too - need to form an underground army where they talk to each other and know they're not alone," Kelly said. "And B.) Men in positions of power... need to not only stick up for us publicly, but in the bars and at night time and when we're not there and when they're talking about us in this way and when we're walking out and they're looking at our ass. Those are the moments you need to stand up and say, 'Dude, no.'"