Megyn Kelly (AP/Charles Sykes)

"The View" goes in on Megyn Kelly for petty rant against Jane Fonda

Joy Behar said "Jane should have just said to her, 'and how much work have you had, bitch?'" Behar later apologized


Rachel Leah
January 23, 2018 10:38PM (UTC)

The latest in the Jane Fonda versus Megyn Kelly feud, is that "The View" is now involved and definitely Team Fonda.

Thursday on "The View," co-host Whoopi Goldberg began by catching up audience members on the conflict, which began when Kelly asked Fonda in September about her plastic surgery. Fonda seemed uncomfortable at the time, wanting less to discuss her appearance — as she had many times elsewhere — than her  film "Our Souls At Night."

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Monday and irrelevantly, Kelly proceeded to lambast Fonda for her decades-old actions during the Vietnam War. "I have no regrets about that question," said a strident Kelly, "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," Kelly said Monday. "Honestly, she has no business lecturing anyone on what qualifies as offensive."

"Nor do you," Goldberg fired back after airing the clip on "The View," "Nor do you."

"To drag the Vietnam War into a plastic surgery conversation is a real stretch Megyn, okay?" Joy Behar added, "and also, why are people more angry with Jane Fonda about the Vietnam War than they are with Nixon and LBJ, and people who lied about the war, and sent boys as cannon fodder to that unjust and filthy war. It amazes me."

It's also true that Fonda has said that she will regret at least some of her actions to, as "The View" co-host Meghan McCain quoted her, "my dying day."

Crudely, Behar added, "Jane should have just said to her, and how much work have you had, bitch?"

Goldberg spoke directly to Kelly, suggesting that if she could "forgive [Kelly] for telling all of my friends' black children that Santa is only white,"  then Kelly could forgive Fonda. Goldberg continued, "you made a mistake, we all make mistakes, you gotta lighten up, babe. Jane made a mistake and she's copped to it. . . she's aware, believe me, she knows how Fox News has used that and how it's portrayed her."

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Behar then apologized for referring to Kelly as a "bitch." "I like her," she said, "I just think she's struggling for a persona. . . she doesn't know who she is."

Helpfully, former "Today" show anchor Ann Curry on hand to offer both diplomatic and damning analysis of the behavior of the woman who is now a key part of the NBC morning franchise she once co-hosted. Her comments about meanness, about how journalists shouldn't make themselves the story are perhaps the greatest takeaways available here.

See the whole segment below:


Rachel Leah

Rachel Leah is a culture writer for Salon. You can follow her on Twitter: @rachelkleah.

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