The drama between Megyn Kelly and Jane Fonda continues after Kelly did a three-minute monologue on the Today Show saying Fonda has no business saying what is or isn’t appropriate. NBC executives gave their approval for the attack, but they were stunned at how far Kelly went. Could it result in the morning news anchor losing her job?
Kelly chose to stay silent after Fonda appeared on her show back in September and then publicly criticized her for asking about plastic surgery. But after Fonda recently brought it up again on Today – when her Grace & Frankie co-star, Lily Tomlin, joked that she knew her before her facelift – Kelly decided that it was time to address the situation.
Kelly said that Fonda had discussed the topic in other interviews, and then transitioned to a commentary about the actress’ anti-Vietnam political involvement.
She went on to say that Fonda still says she is “not proud” of America and her moral indignation is a bit much. Kelly added that Fonda was the one who put her plastic surgery out there and wanted to discuss the plight of older women in America, so she shouldn’t be lecturing anyone on what is offensive.
Kelly was referring to Fonda’s anti-war protests back in the early 1970s when she was a huge movie star, known for her roles in Klute, Barefoot in the Park, and Barbarella. At that time, Fonda formed the Free Army Tour with Donald Sutherland, which they designed as an anti-war show that contrasted with Bob Hope’s USO Tour.
The FTA toured west coast military bases and talked to soldiers before they deployed to Vietnam.
Then, in 1972, Fonda toured North Vietnam – the most infamous move of her political activism career – and it led to her nickname “Hanoi Jane.” While she was there, Fonda appeared on ten different radio programs to speak out against the United States’ military policy in Vietnam and begged pilots to stop bombing non-military targets.
A photograph from the trip surfaced that showed Fonda seated on an anti-aircraft gun in Hanoi, with the appearance that she would shoot down American military planes.
Talent reps say Kelly's "Hanoi Jane" remarks have made them reconsider booking clients on 'Megyn Kelly Today' https://t.co/Rz9R1TapxS
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Even though Fonda’s anti-war feelings were widespread across the country at the time, some lawmakers saw her actions as treasonous, and many war veterans were outraged.
Fonda has repeatedly apologized for the “Hanoi Jane” picture and has made it clear that her actions were against the government and its military policy, not against the soldiers.
While co-hosting The View, former Today Show anchor Ann Curry said that journalists aren’t supposed to be the story and they should use the time they have to shine a light on other stories. She said Megyn Kelly’s monologue was not journalism.