NBC host Megyn Kelly on Tuesday addressed sexual harassment allegations against Charlie Rose, the veteran television journalist who hosts news programs on CBS, PBS and Bloomberg Television.
Rose was suspended from all three networks following a bombshell report in the Washington Post that brought allegations of harassment by eight women to light.
On her “Megyn Kelly Today” show, Kelly addressed the allegations and revealed a personal exchange she had with Rose, highlighting the “underlying dynamic” between men and women at work.
“This is not a pleasant story for me,” she began. “Still, I wanted to share a story with you not about harassment, but of an underlying dynamic between men and women that contributes to this culture in which inappropriate conduct goes unaddressed.”
According to Kelly, she asked Rose to emcee her first book event. His participation became upsetting when he focused on her sexual harassment allegations against late Fox News chief Roger Ailes.
“It was supposed to be a celebratory event, discussing the full scope of the book, which is about my life and my career and the lessons learned. Instead, the exchange felt to me like a cross-examination focused on one issue, the sexual harassment allegations against Roger Ailes,” Kelly said, “allegations Ailes denied, but which I know are true because I lived it. I felt defensive in the exchange with Charlie and wound up angry about how he handled my book event.”
Kelly said that she didn’t address the issue with him, and instead “sent him a bottle of wine and a thank-you note.” While Kelly was ashamed of the move, the audience applauded approval for her “high road” approach, but Kelly corrected them.
“No, no,” she said. “But I’m making a different point … The reason I sent him the wine and the thank-you note is that I believed it was better to be nice.”
Kelly said she believes it’s time for women to worry less about being “nice,” and to stand up for themselves when they feel wronged.
“The time has come,” she said. “We are in the middle of an empowerment revolution in this country.”
Kelly’s book, “Settle for More,” detailed alleged inappropriate behavior by Ailes, who resigned from his position with Fox News after other women accused him of misconduct.
“This is a moment that demands a frank and honest assessment of where we stand and, more generally, the safety of women,” O’Donnell said. “Let me be very clear: There is no excuse for this alleged behavior. It is systematic and it is pervasive…This will be investigated. This has to end.”
“Charlie does not get a pass here,” King said.
— Megyn Kelly TODAY (@MegynTODAY) November 21, 2017