Megyn Kelly is on a roll as her NBC talk show, Megyn Kelly Today, has found some ratings momentum. She has refashioned her show to be more female-focused, with a larger focus on women’s issues, and has found her audience size increasing in the process.
She’s also been criticizing former Fox News host Matt Lauer for inappropriate sexual behavior and defending the #MeToo movement, which has been a major theme on her show. She hasn’t eliminated lighter, entertaining segments — she cooked a holiday ham with Bon Appetit editor Adam Rapoport — but she does weave in commentary and critiques of the sex abuse that’s been prevalent in Hollywood over the past year.
During her first week on NBC, Megyn Kelly Today’s ratings were well below those of her predecessors. But since focusing on women’s issues and sexual harassment, the host has seen her ratings improve. She’s currently averaging 2.9 million viewers per week and is the highest-rated host for her time slot during her four months on the network, according to Variety.
In her efforts to become an Oprah-like figure and get people talking, Megyn has made some awkward comments on air that border on the offensive. One of the more off-the-wall moments was when she welcomed a Will & Grace superfan on her first episode and asked him if he thought the sitcom had made him gay.
The actress, Jane Fonda, took offense at the question and threw shade at Kelly, saying that she “wasn’t proud of” having plastic surgery during an interview in September with the NBC host. The exchange quickly became a viral internet meme.
It looks like Kelly has had enough of the snide remarks, as she lashed out at Fonda during Monday’s show. During her opening monologue, she said Fonda was “a woman whose name is synonymous with outrage” and drew a connection to her controversial Vietnam-era history.
During the interview, she also started to ask Fonda about her plastic surgery. At that point, Fonda started to take offence and gave Kelly a disdainful look.
Her reaction to Kelly’s question has given Fonda a platform to speak out about ageism. And she has done a remarkable job.
Megyn Kelly is a big supporter of the #MeToo movement and has encouraged women to share their stories on air. She’s also had a number of high-profile guests on her show who have been outspoken about their own sexual abuse or the sex violence that’s plagued Hollywood.
In her interview with Fonda, Kelly started off by discussing her upcoming film, Our Souls at Night, and then suddenly turned the conversation to plastic surgery. The actress had been open about her own cosmetic enhancements in the past, but Kelly seemed to be more interested in Fonda’s alleged plastic surgery endeavors than the film itself.
Then, she asked her about a new film with Robert Redford, Our Souls at Night, and Fonda was all too quick to mention her pending facelift.