Bill O’Reilly told a CBS panel Tuesday morning that he has no interest in discussing allegations by Fox News anchor Megyn Kelly that former CEO Roger Ailes sexually harassed her, arguing that the accusations make the network “look bad.”
“I want to be very candid here. I’m not interested in this,” O’Reilly told “CBS This Morning” Tuesday. He was responding to a question concerning Kelly’s new book, “Settle for More.” In the book, she puts forth allegations that Ailes played a cat-and-mouse game with her mixing his business advice and sexual innuendo in their meetings until he did physically try to kiss her. The incidents took place a decade ago. On Monday, Ailes told the Washington Post he “categorically” denies Kelly’s version of the events.
When asked about claims made in Kelly’s book, O’Reilly said abruptly that he hasn’t read it.
“I’m not interested in basically litigating something that is finished that makes my network look bad, OK?” O’Reilly said. “I’m not interested in making my network look bad at all. That doesn’t interest me one bit.”
CBS’ Norah O’Donnell asked, “Is that what she’s doing?”
“I don’t know,” O’Reilly said, noting again that he has no interest in making Fox “look bad.”
O’Reilly grew visibly irritated and then said he’s frustrated by attacks on the network.
“It’s open season, let’s whack the Fox News Channel,” he said. “I’ve had enough of it. It’s a good place to work, all right? We do good work, honest work there. So I’m not going to buy into let’s use the Fox News Channel as a piñata. I don’t think it is right.”
In a not-so-veiled slam at Megyn Kelly, he concluded his own show last night talking briefly about loyalty though it’s probably lost on the anchor of The Kelly File who has become wealthy and famous thanks to Fox News and, ironically, Roger Ailes. She’s worth more than $10 million and was recently said to have been offered a $20 million contract which she has not accepted at this time.
We’ve updated this article to include Megyn Kelly’s response. She claimed that Rupert Murdoch gave his approval and said shining a light on sexual harassment is the answer. Do you agree that making the company you work for look bad with a chapter about an allegedly sleazy boss is a way to help women or is she just exploiting the situation for her own self-interests?