Since Megyn Kelly left Fox News Channel to join NBC’s “Today,” she has devoted ample time to covering allegations of sexual assault and harassment that emerged out of the #MeToo movement. That would even include in-depth discussion of the allegations against former NBC star Matt Lauer, and Kelly recently insinuated that there was more to the Lauer story than we know.
In an interview with Us Weekly, Kelly was asked if Lauer would ever be able to return to the public eye following his sexual misconduct scandal, to which she cryptically replied, “I know too much that others don’t know.”
Kelly declined to offer any further comment on Lauer specifically, nor did she provide a direct answer when asked if she had received any resistance from NBC in response to her coverage of the scandal.
Lauer was hit with accusations of sexual misconduct from multiple women in November, including one who said Lauer “summoned her to his office in 2001, locked the door and sexually assaulted her.” The woman said she “passed out and had to be taken to a nurse,” the New York Times reported.
The host of “Megyn Kelly Today” had featured one of Lauer’s accusers — former NBC production assistant Addie Zinone — on her program for an in-depth interview some time after Lauer was fired from the network.
Asked about the response she had received following the Zinone interview, Kelly replied, “All I’m going to say is that I feel very strongly about the #MeToo coverage, the importance of doing it without fear or favor.”
“I didn’t let anyone stop me at Fox, and I’m not going to let anyone stop me at NBC,” added Kelly, who has previously spoken out about the alleged harassment she had received from top executives while working at Fox.
Second chance for some
Kelly was also asked if she thought any of the high-profile figures brought down by the #MeToo movement would ever be able to reemerge in the public spotlight again, and suggested in response that it may be possible for some on “a case-by-case basis.”
“I don’t think we need to see Harvey Weinstein in polite society ever again, but I don’t think that’s true of everyone,” said Kelly.
“I think, for some of these guys, there’s a way forward,” she continued. “I happen to believe it starts with a full-throated apology, and not just this paper statement of, ‘I did some things wrong and I’m sorry.’”
She explained that most Americans were willing to offer a second chance to those who’d shown that they learned a lesson and had taken responsibility for their own actions.
However, for those who haven’t changed? “I think these guys who want to completely skirt around it and just reappear and re-emerge in their old roles are kidding themselves,” Kelly added.