Despite her $9 million plus salary for what amounts to reading the Drudge Report on T.V. and despite her warm words of praise for Roger Ailes, Megyn dumbed out of FOX with her statement she didn’t like the way Ailes hugged her 10 years ago. Kelly reportedly told lawyers investigating Carlson’s claims that Ailes made “unwanted sexual advances” toward her about 10 years ago although the nature of the alleged sexual advances is not reported and may be the normal talk between opposite sexual people. In the case of Gretchen Carlson is was a request for her to turn around followed by a comment that she should change to another dress. In Kelly’s case it was an unwanted hug from Ailes. Remember. $9 million a year, ….. but apparently gratitude was trumped by, well, who knows? Sexual harassment covers many things some, many of which are very serious and should be reported to the police for prosecution but others are manufactured allegations based on a distorted world view, delusions of greatness and illusions of attractiveness.
“Everyone here hates Gretchen and Megyn,” am unnamed “talent” at FOX said in a brief phone interview, adding hosts from Fox and Friends and throughout the prime-time lineup from the co-hosts of The Five to Special Report’s Bret Baier to Greta Van Susteren to Bill O’Reilly and Sean Hannity are planning to band together and potentially execute contract clauses that allow them to leave if Ailes is driven out.
“Notably, Shepard Smith is not a part of the coup, said the source. That being said, if this group— Baier, Hannity, Van Susteren and O’Reilly—can stick together and effectively negotiate as a bloc with whatever other resources and talent they have, they could strap together enough leverage to block Kelly. But that shows how powerful Kelly has become inside a network where most of her colleagues despise her.
“Fox can have Megyn,” the talent said. “We want Roger.”
“Three of Fox News’ biggest stars — Bill O’Reilly, Sean Hannity and Greta Van Susteren — have clauses in their contracts that would allow them to depart if Mr Ailes were to leave the network, the two people briefed on the dispute said,” the Financial Times wrote. “This means a core team of on-air talent could follow Mr Ailes out of the door.”
This talent added that there is a lot expected to come out about how much Kelly’s colleagues despise her. “The entire building hates her,” the source said. “Nobody cares that she’s upset about a frickin’ hug.”
Specifically, Kelly’s supposed sexual harassment allegation against Ailes was due to a hug in 2006 she didn’t like, according to The Drudge Report. The Drudge Report has also reported on this meeting, but Gabriel Sherman of New York Magazine, –an anti-Ailes agitator in the media, –claims it is not true.
If Ailes were to be driven out by Rupert Murdoch and his sons, then there is already talk among the remaining anchors about getting together a new network outside of Fox News after everyone of the other anchors executes their contract clauses that allow them to leave if Ailes is gone.
None of this, of course, is certain and ultimately things may change quickly. But the fact there’s even discussion among top talent at the network of the creation of a new network designed to compete with a Megyn Kelly-run Fox News is remarkable.