Over the last few months, rumors have circulated that Fox News host Megyn Kelly is trying to leave the network so that she can go to a more “mainstream” channel. Now, this attitude has come back to bite her in a big way.
Fox News executive Bill Shine, who was promoted to the network’s president after Roger Ailes’ departure, reportedly ordered on-air talent to not defend Kelly from attacks against her made by Donald Trump. This was revealed in the sexual harassment lawsuit against Fox that was filed by former host Andrea Tantaros on Monday.
“After Donald Trump attacked Megyn Kelly for allegedly treating him unfairly in an August 2015 Republican Presidential Debate, Fox News publicly backed Kelly in the dispute,” claim the court papers, according to Daily Mail. “However, Shine executed Ailes’s tactic of playing both sides of the fence by instructing all on-air talent that none of them should defend Kelly against Trump.”
Shine denied these claims through a Fox spokesman.
In her bombshell lawsuit, Tantaros also claims she was subjected to unwanted sexual advances at the hands of Ailes as well as Bill O’Reilly and Scott Brown.
“Fox News masquerades as a defender of traditional family values, but behind the scenes, it operates like a sex-fueled, Playboy Mansion-like cult, steeped in intimidation, indecency and misogyny,” Tantaros said.
She is asking for $50 million in her lawsuit, which also names current co-president Bill Shine, Executive Vice President Dianne Brandi, publicist Irena Briganti and Executive Vice President Suzanne Scott as defendants.
Meanwhile, Kelly can’t be too surprised that the network she has turned her back on has done the same to her. She’s made it clear she has no love for Fox, so she can’t expect them to protect her!
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