On Monday, NBC’s “Megyn Kelly Today” host Megyn Kelly reminded viewers about actress Jane Fonda’s infamous history with American troops during the Vietnam War, re-branding the controversial actress “Hanoi Jane.”
Kelly and Fonda have had an open dispute following an interview on the show, in which Kelly asked about Fonda’s plastic surgery. Kelly said Fonda appeared “fixated” on the September exchange, where Kelly complimented the 80-year-old’s looks and commented that she’d “had work done.”
Fonda appeared offended by the comment, asking, “We really want to talk about that right now?” She went on to publicly criticize Kelly, saying she was surprised by the line of questioning on Entertainment Tonight, and calling Kelly a bad interviewer while talking to Variety about her new documentary, “Jane Fonda in Five Acts.“ She said, “It wasn’t like I was upset. I was stunned. It was so inappropriate. It showed that she’s not that good of an interviewer.”
Fonda also referenced the Kelly interview when she and “Grace and Frankie” co-star Lily Tomlin appeared on “Today” with hosts Savannah Guthrie and Hoda Kotb last Wednesday.
“How long have you two known each other?” Kotb asked.
“Fifty years, a long time,” Fonda responded.
“I think before your first face-lift,” Tomlin said.
“Who are you, Megyn Kelly?” Fonda asked Tomlin.
During Monday’s show, Kelly addressed Fonda, saying, “It’s time to address the ‘poor me’ routine.”
Kelly pointed out that Fonda had appeared on the show to discuss “Our Souls At Night,” a movie that delved into aging. She also noted that Fonda has discussed her cosmetic surgery “pretty much everywhere” in the past, then played a montage of Fonda discussing her plastic surgery in multiple interviews over the years.
“Apparently when she came here however, again, to promote her film about aging, I was supposed to discern that this subject was suddenly off-limits,” Kelly said.
She then slammed Fonda for trying to school her on what is or isn’t appropriate, bringing up Fonda’s “Hanoi Jane” moment during the Vietnam War.
“After all, this is a woman whose name is synonymous with outrage. Look at her treatment of our military during the Vietnam War,” Kelly said. “Many of our veterans still call her Hanoi Jane, thanks to her radio broadcasts which attempted to shame American troops. She posed on an anti-aircraft gun used to shoot down our American pilots. She called our POWs hypocrites and liars, and referred to their torture as understandable.”
Kelly concluded, calling Fonda’s indignation “a little much” as she originally put plastic surgery up for public discussion.
“Honestly, she has no business lecturing anyone on what qualifies as offensive,” Kelly said.
Kelly’s comments Monday, as well as the other referenced interviews, may be viewed below.