A simmering dispute between NBC’s Megyn Kelly and actress Jane Fonda continued Monday when Kelly called her out on national television:
“And now, a word on Jane Fonda, who appears to be fixated on an exchange I had with her months ago on this show,” Kelly said, emphasizing that she has zero regrets on asking Fonda about her plastic surgery.
“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 OK. 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,” Kelly said.
She referred to Fonda’s long-time nickname, “Hanoi Jane.” In 1972 Fonda visited North Vietnam and posed for photos with an anti-aircraft gun used against American pilots during the war. Fonda has since apologized.
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The feud began when Fonda appeared with Robert Redford on a “Megyn Kelly Today” segment in September to promote their new movie. Tension became clear when Kelly asked Fonda — now 80 — about her plastic surgery.
“I read that you said you’re not proud to admit you’ve had work done. Why not?” Kelly said. Fonda’s reply: “We really want to talk about that right now?”
Since then, Fonda has complained publicly about Megyn’s question, calling it “inappropriate.”
“Seemed like the wrong time and place to ask that question,” Fonda told Entertainment Tonight Canada.
On Monday, Kelly played several video clips of Fonda over the years publicly talking about her plastic surgery.
“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. And if Fonda really wants to have an honest discussion about older women’s cultural face, then her plastic surgery is tough to ignore,” Kelly said.
She added: “The moral indignation is a little much...[Fonda] has no business lecturing anyone on what qualifies as offensive.”