Former Fox News Channel star Bill O’Reilly shared handwritten letters by Megyn Kelly on Monday touting his character shortly after she used her television show to besmirch it.
The sexual harassment charges that ended the Fox career of Mr. O’Reilly in April were spotlighted on NBC’s “Megyn Kelly Today” to start the week, but the conservative commentator didn’t evade a fight.
In response to a New York Times article on a $32 million settlement with Lis Wiehl — and a letter by Ms. Kelly on his “attitude of shaming women” — Mr. O’Reilly produced evidence to back his claims.
“Dear Bill: What a class act you are, coming to my baby shower,” Ms. Kelly wrote in one letter displayed on the pundit’s website. “I was truly touched — I know how busy you are, especially that time of day. It meant a lot to me + Doug. … You’ve become a dear friend (no matter what you say) + I am grateful to have you in my life.”
Another letter called Mr. O’Reilly a “true friend and mentor.”
The messages were in stark contrast to Ms. Kelly’s take on NBC, which included a November 2016 letter to Fox co-presidents Bill Shine and Jack Abernethy.
“O’Reilly’s [recent] suggestion that no one complained about his behavior is false,” Ms. Kelly told her audience. “I know because I complained.”
Ms. Kelly’s criticism of the former cable-news kingpin came after he criticized her for discussing ousted Fox News Channel chief executive Roger Ailes in her memoir “Settle for More.”
“I have been in the broadcast business for 43 years with 12 different companies, and not one time was there any complaint filed against me,” Mr. O’Reilly told radio host Glenn Beck on Monday. “Nothing. Zero! So I think my track record speaks for itself and people should look at the statement we have posted on BillOReilly.com and the affidavit from Lis Wiehl.”
“What I’m trying to get across by coming on with you is two things: First, I want the story to go away because it’s brutalizing my family,” he continued. “Number two, I’m not going to run and hide because I didn’t do anything wrong. The New York Times wants to take me out of the marketplace, this is the second time they have attacked me. But they know I am at a disadvantage because I can’t comment on any case that has been resolved.”
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