Megyn Kelly Goes After Jane Fonda in On-Air Tirade
The feud between Megyn Kelly and Jane Fonda has intensified with the former Fox News host telling her Today Show viewers that she’s had enough of the 80-year-old actress’ negative comments.
Twitter ignited with shock, disdain, and a few tweets of support when Kelly went after Fonda. The backstory, of course, is that the Grace and Frankie star was on Kelly’s show months ago and was irritated when asked about her plastic surgery. This past weekend, she told Variety that the line of “inappropriate” questioning “stunned” her.
Today, less than 24 hours later, Kelly devoted a segment of her show, Megyn Kelly Today, to addressing the beef and said, “Fonda was on to promote a film about aging. Well, the truth is most older women look nothing like Fonda, who is now 80. And if Fonda really wants to have an honest discussion about older women’s cultural face, then her plastic surgery is tough to ignore.”
Speaking into the camera in front of a live audience, Kelly continued, “Fonda herself knows this. She knows this. And that is why, to her credit, she’s discussed her cosmetic surgery pretty much everywhere before coming on our show. Look, I gave her the chance to empower other women, young and old, on a subject which she purports to know well and she rejected it. That’s okay. But I have no regrets about the question. Nor am I in the market for a lesson from Jane Fonda on what is and is not appropriate.”
You could almost feel the collective getting twitchy at that comment. Surely, she wasn’t going to say… and then she went there.
“After all, this is a woman whose name is synonymous with outrage,” she said. “Look at her treatment of our military during the Vietnam war, many of our veterans still call her ‘Hanoi Jane’ thanks to her radio broadcasts which attempted to shame American troops. She posed on an anti-aircraft gun used to shoot down our pilots. She called our POW’s “hypocrites and liars” and referred to their torture as understandable. Even she had to apologize years later for that gun picture — but not for the rest of it.”
To further throw gasoline on the fire to try to burn down a woman in her 80s, Megyn Kelly ended with:
“By the way, she still says she’s not proud of America. So, the moral indignation is a little much. She put her plastic surgery out there. She said she wanted to discuss the plight of older women in America. And honestly, she has no business lecturing anyone on what qualifies as offensive.”
Wow… There’s a difference between the slight shade Fonda dished out and then character assassination delivered by Kelly who, really, could have ignored it. Can you imagine if talk show hosts addressed every negative comment someone made about them?
We’re living in an interesting time.