Megyn Kelly fires back at Jane Fonda over plastic surgery question

Calvin Saunders
January 23, 2018

Megyn Kelly and Jane Fonda.

NBC's Megyn Kelly lashed out at actress Jane Fonda Monday in a simmering dispute over an interview gone awry, even invoking the old "Hanoi Jane" nickname.

"Fonda was on to promote a film about aging", Ms. Kelly said.

"It's time to address the poor-me routine", Kelly said. Fonda then replied, "Who are you, Megyn Kelly?".

"When she first complained publicly after the program - and repeatedly - I chose to say nothing...", she told viewers at the end of her Megyn Kelly Today segment.

When asked about the hype around the viral interview, Fonda stated that she felt that Kelly's comments were inappropriate and she's not a good interviewer.

Fonda has since explained she had not paid attention to where she was sitting, took responsibility for the photo and expressed her regret and remorse over the resulting image."It was never my intention to cause harm", she wrote on her website in 2011. So her plastic surgery, which she had discussed previously, should have been fair game.

"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", she said.

The former Fox News star then pivoted to the meat of her beef, saying that she was uninterested in discussing what was and wasn't appropriate with Fonda "whose name is synonymous with outrage". Kelly said Fonda's radio broadcasts "attempted to shame American troops".

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Fonda has yet to respond to Kelly's daring criticism, but she previously issued a public apology for her extreme actions during the Vietnam War, having sparked outrage among her fellow Americans for posing on a missile launcher aimed at USA soldiers in Hanoi back in 1972.

From there, Kelly spun a yarn about how Fonda had an obligation to answer her questions about plastic surgery because she herself speaks about aging in public.

"The moral indignation is a little much", the reporter concluded. Kelly said that Fonda "has no business lecturing anyone on what qualifies as offensive".

Kelly went on to say that she doesn't need advice from Fonda.

Last week, Kelly reportedly shocked some NBC employees when she "congratulated" Kotb and asked her on the air about a "dark period" she went through 10 years prior to her being announced as Matt Lauer's replacement without first qualifying that it was because of a breast cancer diagnosis and a subsequent surgery. She called our POW's hypocrites and liars and referred to their torture as understandable.

And in a new interview with Variety this week, she put it simply: "It wasn't like I was upset".

"For years, [Fonda] has spoke about the joy of giving a cultural face to older women", Kelly said.

Kelly defended questioning the celebrity about her plastic surgery.

Other reports by MaliBehiribAe

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