Megyn Kelly and other Fox News harassment victims speak out about the movie ‘Bombshell’

I’ve always admired Megyn Kelly – she’s incredibly smart, asks some pretty tough but fair questions and was one of the best things about Fox News. I was sad to see her go, but it looks like she’s getting back into what she’s best at on her new You Tube channel – Megyn Kelly Presents.

Kelly sat down with Juliet Huddy, Rudi Bakhtiar and Julie Zann to talk about the movie “Bombshell”, which details the sexual harassment scandal with Roger Ailes at Fox News. Kelly’s husband Douglas Brunt also joined as they watched the film and discussed it.

When talking about what was accurate and embellished, Zann said the scene where Margot Robbie, who plays a fictional character named Kayla Pospisil, is asked to twirl for Ailes in his office. Three of the four women, including Kelly, all did the spin when Ailes asked them to.

“He brought me in and he said, ‘Laurie (her supervisor) tells me that you’re a rising star.’ And he commented on how I looked. He asked me what I wouldn’t do for Fox. After he commented on my outfit, he said tell me more about yourself and I said, ‘I’m a shoe person.’ And he said, ‘I hear women who like shoes also like lingerie,’” Zann said.

“He had positioned himself in his chair with his legs opened and he wanted me to ask him to give him oral sex. And I was not going to go there. Then, my relationship with Laurie turned very quickly on a dime and [I] was fired a few months later.”

Kelly pointed out some inaccuracies with her character surrounding the Trump debate fiasco, noting, “The notion that Roger liked the ‘Donald Trump woman question’ because it created controversy in a TV moment was not true. Roger did not like the question at all and was very angry at me for asking it. And at one point eventually asking me, ‘no more female empowerment stuff.’”

“There certainly were no protests of me at the GOP convention. There were other people’s protests,” she clarified. “That was all BS.”

Rudi Bakhtiar says her scene in the movie with anchor Brian Wilson is accurate; after he offered her a full time correspondent position in the Fox News D.C. Bureau, he said he wanted to see her “inside her hotel room.” Bakhtiar refused, didn’t get the promotion and was completely reassigned.

It’s a compelling piece to watch, and Kelly is very honest with how she feels she could have done more to help the women at Fox News over the years.

“I’ve looked back on my own life, every moment from that moment forward and I do wish I had done more. Even though I was powerless, even though it would’ve been a suicidal move for me career-wise, what if I had just said, ‘screw it?’” she said.

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