Megyn Kelly thinks Roger Ailes ran Fox News like Kim Jong Un runs North Korea.
The former anchor opened up about the culture of sexual harassment at the news channel where she worked for 12 years in an extensive interview as Hollywood deals with its own sexual misconduct epidemic.
"I started at Fox News and in television in 2004. I was thrilled. I had not even been doing part-time TV for a year. So I was nine months in doing two days a week, completely green, a cub reporter by any standard. I get hired at the national level and it's thrilling. I work for Brit Hume in the DC bureau and the first year goes brilliantly," she told Deadline.
"The second year is going brilliantly and I'm getting great assignments and I am making my bones. I'm doing it. I'm proving myself. I'm at the Supreme Court every day. I'm reporting on complex matters. I'm condensing them down to small, digestible bits. I'm doing it. And then you get a call to go meet with the big boss in New York and you think this is it. He's noticed me. I've caught the attention of Mr. Ailes was the exact quote from Brit Hume to me."
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Kelly went on to describe the meeting, which she said included language that "shouldn't be in the office setting."
Ailes even explained how another anchor slept her way to the top and that Kelly should too, she claimed.
"Every instinct inside of you first says no, no, no this isn't happening. Maybe I misinterpreted it. Maybe I've heard him wrong. Maybe it's a joke and I could just laugh it off and pretend it never happened," she told Deadline.
"I thought I was being called up here for opportunity. I thought my hard work had been recognized. I thought this was a career trajectory kind of moment. Instead I'm looking at a dirty old man who wants to get in my pants."
Ailes, and other men in similar positions, use their power and standing to keep women quiet, Kelly said.
"These men have actively worked to suppress them and scare the other women. I'll give you an example of that. Early on in my tenure at Fox when I was being harassed by Ailes, I didn't know a lot of people," she told Deadline.
"I didn't have a lot of female friends like I did 13 years later. I did have a couple and so I would sort of stick the toe in the water with the women I knew because he was the king. I mean it was like being in North Korea and trying to criticize Kim Jong Un."
Ailes resigned from his top role at Fox News in July 2016, just a few weeks after anchor Gretchen Carlson filed a sexual harassment lawsuit against him.
He died in May at 77 after a fall in his Florida mansion.
Former Fox News anchor Bill O'Reilly was also fired amid allegations of sexual harassment, abuse and racial discrimination from former female co-workers.