Megyn Kelly brought on a series of guests onto her NBC talk show to discuss women’s experiences in the workplace relating to sexual harassment and is bringing to light new experiences with her former employer, Fox News.
On Thursday morning’s Megyn Kelly Today, Kelly discussed some of her first experiences at Fox News 12 years ago, when she was asked to do what she calls “humiliating” tasks like twirling around.
“I am still humiliated by that, humiliated that I did it and felt degraded in the moment,” said Kelly of being asked to “do the twirl” when she was still a new employee at Fox News. Twirling around in front of others implies inspecting the person’s looks from all angles.
“I know it doesn’t sound like much — like, ‘what do you mean, who cares, it’s a twirl’ — but it is degrading and in the moment you don’t know what to do,” she continued.
The 46-year-old talk show host who began her career with NBC one year ago has recently brought up other claims of sexual harassment against her former employers at Fox News.
Kelly has shared her experiences with former Fox CEO Roger Ailes, alleging she endured sexual harassment. The former Fox anchor said when she first started at the cable network, Ailes called her into his office on multiple occasions, implying she should be “smart” and give him sexual favors in return for raises and new opportunities.
On Kelly’s morning show, she invited on two other women who discussed their experiences of sexual harassment while working on Capitol Hill, one of which had a similar experience as Kelly.
“I was 22 years old, I was young, I was inexperienced and I frankly didn’t have the tools at the time to be able to respond in the way I probably would now so I complied,” Rebecca Weir said after describing being asked to “twirl” for ex-congressman Gary Miller.
“It was gutting, I felt like a prostitute, like he was undressing me with his eyes, I felt dirty,” she added. “But at the same time, it was also just part of the job. My situation, that feeling and those types of situations are not unique on the Hill,” Weir added.