Bill O'Reilly was back in the news this week when the NY Times reported that he had agreed to a $32 million settlement with an attorney who accused him of sexual harassment at the start of the year, shortly before Fox News gave him a lucrative contract extension. Former colleague Megyn Kelly spoke out Monday saying that she had complained about O'Reilly's behavior, which she discussed with Seth Meyers on Late Night with Seth Meyers.
"Litigations happen all the time, a lot of them are nonsense and you pay some small amount to make them go away. $32 million is a different story," Kelly noted. As for why she chose to talk about the scandal on her program, "It was time to tell that story. I take no pleasure in discussing Fox News in that way because I had a lot of good years there and they're not all bad. They've got some great people. He is not one of them."
As for O'Reilly's defense—posting thank you cards from her and Gretchen Carlson to him—she added, "It's right out of the playbook of a lot of these guys. I mean, ask yourselves: who keeps thank you notes from nine years earlier and puts them in a file just in case they need them, right?"
Carlson was a guest on Late Show with Stephen Colbert, and spoke less explicitly about O'Reilly, because of her $20 million settlement with Fox News, but she still spoke about the culture there: "I mean, it's an excruciating choice for any woman to make this kind of decision, because before the environment of what you're in right now you're automatically called a liar, not to be believed, worse," Carlson said of accusing Roger Ailes of sexual harassment. "Thank god more women are being fierce and they have found the courage from within and the bravery to come forward and say, 'me too.' And they're saying they're not going to put up with this crap anymore. And if I had anything to do with that, I am eternally grateful."
Colbert also pressed her on how a "deeply intelligent, well-educated woman" ended up seeming so "fiercely anti-intellectual" on Fox: "To the extent that people can be brainwashed within corporate cultures and become part of a cult, you know, that can happen to people," she said.