This week Megyn Kelly, after losing her job at NBC, received what must have been some unexpected sympathy from one of her adversaries.
In a red carpet interview at the Women’s Media Awards on Thursday, Jane Fonda told Entertainment Tonight that she felt “badly” for Kelly’s demise.
“I wanted her to make it – I did,” said Fonda. “That’s always how everyone learns – through making mistakes. It’s through failure that we grow and learn. I know that’s been true for me, and I think it is for everybody.”
The feud between Kelly and Fonda began last year when the “Grace and Frankie” star appeared on NBC’s “Today Show” to discuss her movie, “Our Souls At Night.” The interview quickly turned awkward when instead of the movie Kelly began asking about Fonda’s plastic surgery.
“We really want to talk about that now?” asked Fonda.
This led to a series of back and forth public insults starting in January when Fonda told Variety that Kelly’s question was “inappropriate” and “showed that she’s not that good an interviewer.”
A few days later, Kelly responded by criticizing Fonda for anti-Vietnam activism in which she had participated in the 1970s. “She has no business lecturing anyone on what qualifies as offensive,” said Kelly.
But, since then, the feud has died down somewhat, at least with Fonda not appearing to hold a grudge.
“A lot of what’s happening is against women,” said Fonda in the red carpet interview. “We experience and understand things differently than men, not necessarily better or worse, just differently. If our narrative isn’t told from our point of view, then men and women are robbed of half of the narrative.”
Fonda will be returning to movie theatres in a sequel to “9 to 5,” in which she had originally starred in 1980. She will be serving as the executive producer on the film.
Kelly, for her part, is still looking for employment following her attempted defense of blackface as a Halloween costume. Kelly’s former employer, the Fox News Channel, has stated that they are not looking to change their lineup to incorporate Kelly.
It seems as though Fonda, winning the career battle at least for the moment, decided that there is no reason to kick a woman while she is down.