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Bill O'Reilly on Megyn Kelly's NBC Woes: 'I Feel Bad for Her'

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By    |   Thursday, 14 Sep 2017 06:55 AM

Bill O’Reilly sympathizes with Megyn Kelly and her woes at NBC. “I feel bad for her,” he said in an interview amid rumors his former Fox News colleague could lose her job.

NBC execs are concerned whether Kelly can earn decent ratings with her forthcoming “Today” debut show, Radar Online said, citing a network insider.

“They’re worried because they’ve invested a lot of resources into her, and they’re not sure if her original appeal when she was at Fox will translate,” the insider told Radar on Monday.

Kelly has received widespread criticism after low ratings earlier this year for her Sunday news show in her NBC debut. Variety called her NBC rollout “a disaster.

But O’Reilly is siding with his former colleague.

“I feel bad for her because it's the same old game; you build them up and tear them down,” he told The Hollywood Reporter’s Marisa Guthrie.

“I mean, what has Megyn Kelly done wrong?”

He slammed the media for criticizing Kelly, describing how she had worked her way up from a reporter.

“Now she's making good money, and she's in a good position, so what has she done wrong? You don't like her haircut? Is that it? I don’t get it.”

Kelly rode the Fox News pre-2016 election wave into the stratosphere, Variety said, and then moved to NBC for a reported $17.5 million to do her Sunday evening "Dateline"-style newsmagazine show and a daytime show starting Sept. 25.

O’Reilly did tut-tut Kelly’s controversial decision to interview InfoWars conspiracy theorist Alex Jones, and said he didn't watch it.

“You know, with all due respect, I’m not going to learn anything from that,” he told Guthrie.

O’Reilly’s tone towards Kelly has changed.

In an interview with CNN last year, O’Reilly said Kelly was making Fox News "look bad" after she addressed reports about alleged harassment at the network by their former boss, the late Roger Ailes.

O’Reilly exited Fox News amidst the turmoil but emphatically distances himself any harassment there.

O’Reilly repeated to Guthrie that he was considering a return to TV news and teased “some interesting projects in development” without offering any specifics.

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