Journalist Megyn Kelly is under fire after accusing actress Jane Fonda of being against the military for comments she made during her 1972 tour of North Vietnam.
Comedian Rosie O' Donnell and other celebrities are blasting Kelly after she accused Fonda of shaming American troops during the Vietnam War, the Daily Mail reported. O' Donnell publicly called Kelly a "moron" and a "spineless wanna be Barbie" in her attack against the "Today" show host.
The feud between Kelly and Fonda started on Sept. 27, 2017, when the talk show host asked the 80-year-old actress about her history of plastic surgery. Fonda did not appear amused, responding: "We really want to talk about that now?"
Fonda has since lamented about her interview with Kelly to other media outlets, including "Today," where she appeared as a guest alongside actress Lily Tomlin.
During the interview with Savannah Guthrie and Hoda Kotb, Tomlin was asked how long she had known Fonda.
"Oh, my God… I think before your first facelift!" Tomlin said, jokingly.
"Who are you, Megyn Kelly?" Fonda responded, prompting everyone to laugh.
But this time around, Kelly was not amused. During the conclusion of her show on Jan. 22, Kelly had comments:
When she first complained publicly after the program, and repeatedly, I chose to say nothing, as my general philosophy is what other people think of me is none of my business.
However, Fonda was at it again last week, including right here on NBC, and then again elsewhere. So it's time to address the poor-me routine.
First, some context. Fonda was on to promote a film about aging. For years she has spoken openly about her joy in giving a cultural face to older women.
Well the truth is most older women look nothing like Fonda, who is now 80. And if Fonda really wants to have an honest discussion about older women's cultural face, then her plastic surgery is tough to ignore.
Fonda herself knows this. She knows this. And that is why, to her credit, she’s discussed her cosmetic surgery pretty much everywhere before coming on our show.
Look, 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. That’s okay. But I have no regrets about the question.
Nor am I in the market for a lesson from Jane Fonda on what is and is not appropriate. After all, this is a woman whose name is synonymous with outrage.
Look at her treatment of our military during the Vietnam war, many of our veterans still call her 'Hanoi Jane' thanks to her radio broadcasts which attempted to shame American troops. She posed on an anti-aircraft gun used to shoot down our pilots.
She called our POW's 'hypocrites and liars' and referred to their torture as understandable. Even she had to apologize years later for that gun picture - but not for the rest of it.
By the way she still says she's not proud of America. So, the moral indignation is a little much. She put her plastic surgery out there. She said she wanted to discuss the plight of older women in America. And honestly she has no business lecturing anyone on what qualifies as offensive.
Kelly's monologue prompted several social media users to defend Fonda -- including O'Donnell.
"Megyn Kelly is a moron - spineless wanna be barbie - she sucks and so does her show," O'Donnell tweeted.
"Jane Fonda is a feminist icon, an artistic genius, an exercise mogul, a national treasure. Megyn Kelly is famous for assuring children on a 10pm cable news broadcast that Santa Claus is white," added Seth Abramovitch, writer for The Hollywood Reporter.
"This is a small, mean, petty and pathetic attempt to generate attention for a fledgling show," wrote best-selling author Michael Arceneaux. "Megyn Kelly is such a waste of airtime."