Megyn Kelly Says She Heard Rumors About Matt Lauer
Megyn Kelly Said She Had Heard Rumors About Matt Lauer Before He Was Fired
AfterTodayshow anchor Matt Lauer was after an allegation of "inappropriate sexual behavior," colleague Megyn Kelly that the news "hit close to home," and talked about how important it was to think about how women are treated in the workplace. Later that day, she revealed that she had heard "rumors" about Lauer, but she hoped they weren't true.
"I had heard rumors about Matt, but that's all they were," Kelly said at Business Insider's Ignition conference on Wednesday. "And my feeling on it was that rumors are not the same as reportable fact. And I hear a lot of rumors about myself that aren't true."
She said that she didn't know anything concrete or specific, but only that people were asking questions. "I had no inside knowledge at all, but I knew people were sniffing around the issue and hoped it wasn't true," she said. And she didn't know Lauer was going to be fired until she woke up Wednesday morning.
Kelly, who has spoken out about alleged sexual harassment from former Fox News chair Roger Ailes, had an empowering message for women who have dealt with inappropriate behavior in the workplace. "I want to say to those women, I understand. It's not that I'm oblivious of how hard it is to report," she said. "But I want to say: Find a way. Because the culture, I don't want to say has changed, but it is changing, meaningfully by the moment. Thanks to the women that are finding the courage."
On Thursday morning'sMegyn Kelly Today, she elaborated on the news of Lauer's firing, and talked to reporter Stephanie Gosk about how it felt to report on a colleague. "As hard as it is to report on one of our own colleagues, we remain committed to telling people's stories, if they choose to come forward," she said, "and the women in this case too, the Matt Lauer case, are invited and welcomed to do exactly that on this show. We have been that place in all the other cases and we will be that place, as well as for the accused, here on this hour."
Lauer has issued a formal statement about this firing. "There are no words to express my sorrow and regret for the pain I have caused others by words and actions," he said, in part.
Video: Megyn Kelly on Matt Lauer: "I Had Heard Rumors
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