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Megyn Kelly Calls Lauer Friend, Empathizes With Victims

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By    |   Wednesday, 29 November 2017 12:12 PM

Megyn Kelly on Wednesday called ousted colleague Matt Lauer a friend but mostly empathized with victims of sexual harassment, saying, "the days to come will not be easy."

During the opening to her new show on NBC, "Megyn Kelly Today," the former Fox News anchor addressed the morning's news that Lauer had been terminated for "inappropriate sexual behavior" against a female colleague.

"This one does hit close to home," Kelly said.

"I, too, have known Matt for a long time. He has been a friend, and kind and supportive to me in my transition to NBC News.

"But when this happens, what we don't see is the pain on the faces of those who found the courage to come forward. And it is a terrifying thing to do," Kelly said. "We don't see the career opportunities women lose because of sexual harassment. Or the intense stress it causes a woman dealing with it when she comes to work each day.

"I am thinking of those women this morning and hoping they're OK. The days to come will not be easy," Kelly said.

Kelly said this and other allegations that have surfaced in the wake of the Harvey Weinstein revelations "is a sign of progress" against "a shameful power imbalance that has been in place for far too long."

Kelly, of course, accused the late Roger Ailes, former chairman of Fox News, of sexual harassment in her memoir titled "Settle for More" that came out last year, accusations that Ailes denied.

Kelly also has been outspoken against former Fox News primetime host Bill O'Reilly, saying she had complained about his behavior while still at Fox News.

Both O'Reilly and Ailes were fired from Fox over the myriad accusations and multi-million dollar settlements that both doled out to accusers.

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