Jane Fonda on Megyn Kelly: ‘I wanted her to make it, failure is how people learn’

Megyn Kelly finally got canned two weeks ago, with lottery money for a golden parachute, after defending the use of blackface as a Halloween costume and claiming that it used to be fine when she was a kid (NO). Prior to that she’d shown her racist ass several times along with being awful at her job. Remember when she asked Jane Fonda, in a joint interview with Robert Redford, about her plastic surgery and got shot down? That was bad enough, but instead of owning up to doing a lousy interview or just letting it slide, Megyn later attacked Jane personally by bringing up Jane’s activism from the 60s. Megyn sucked at her ridiculously high paid job and NBC had promoted white mediocrity yet again. Well Jane has some thoughts about Megyn. She was asked in an ET red carpet interview about Megyn’s firing and she was surprisingly nice. From just the quotes I read I thought it might be shade. It still might be, Jane is a fabulous actress, but in the video Jane sells it like she really thought Megyn deserved a chance. SHE GOT SO MANY CHANCES. Sorry there is a lot of coffee and rage inside me.

Speaking on the red carpet at Thursday’s Women’s Media Awards, Fonda said she felt “badly” for Kelly, who was fired by NBC last week after defending blackface Halloween costumes on “Megyn Kelly Today.”

“I wanted her to make it ― I did,” the “Grace and Frankie” star told “Entertainment Tonight.” “That’s always how everyone learns ― through making mistakes. It’s through failure that we grow and learn. I know that’s been true for me, and I think it is for everybody…”

Also in her red carpet interview, the Oscar winner cited America’s political climate as a reason more women should be “telling the stories” in the media industry.

“A lot of what’s happening is against women. We experience and understand things differently than men, not necessarily better or worse, just differently,” Fonda said. “If our narrative isn’t told from our point of view, then men and women are robbed of half of the narrative.”

[From Huffington Post]

Well I don’t agree with Jane for once. NBC knew what they were getting into with “Santa is white” Megyn and I think they only fired her once they saw the backlash. I also don’t think we should defend white women when they do racist things. It’s unclear if that’s what Jane is doing here, some of the video was cut and maybe there was a clear transition to her comments on women not getting chances and she’s not referring to Megyn at all. (I’m giving her a break because she’s been an ally to WOC in the past. This could be too generous though. So many people are showing their asses lately.) It’s also possible Jane is talking about women in relation to the 9 to 5 remake as she mentioned that later in the interview clip. She said that she’s waiting for the new script.

Here’s the clip. ET Online has a write up too and it’s about the same as Huffpo’s.



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  1. bonobochick says:

    I get what Jane means but Megyn Kelly is not someone who will learn, esp by failing. She’s stuck in her Fox News mentality and there is no evidence she is interested in growing beyond that.

  2. Murphy says:

    Well there’s failure, and then there’s being a horrible human being.

  3. Athyrmose says:

    The network knew who they were hiring. I don’t believe for a moment that she was fired for her garbage vies on blackface, either. Glad she’s gone, though.

  4. Catherine says:

    Actually, I think this is best shade/revenge. Jane spent/spends a lot of time reflecting her Vietnam activism, regretting it and working through it. Regarding Meghan, I feel like she’s like: “you tried to f–k with me and now you live in shame, you can try yo follow MY example, little girl.” 😂😂😂😂Knowing that Meghan has zero capacity to do that. Jane has nothing to lose by this, because Meghan is done. Miss Fonda can afford to be generous and “civil”

    • Lala11_7 says:

      I never got that Jane regretted her activism during the Viet Nam War, which laid the foundation for her vibrant activist life…I always got that she regret saying what she said about the Hanoi Hilton…but regret what she did? No…I don’t see that…because the things that she did during the War…actually saved lives…over here AND over there (i.e., the US was going to bomb a dam, that would have drowned hundreds of people…and destroyed acres of fertile farmland…causing starvation to boot…and her constant highlighting of that fact in the Press and everywhere kept Nixon from making that inhumane decision)

  5. grabbyhands says:

    Except that some people don’t want to learn. Like Megyn and all her Nazi sympathizer buddies at Fox.

  6. kristen says:

    Megyn is the worst, but I respect Jane’s approach. Megyn lost. She’s been fired, very publicly, and Jane is showing her some grace. Maybe Megyn doesn’t deserve that, but I think it’s classy.

  7. CaffeinatedPots says:

    Megan is nearly 50, not some 20 year old on an internship.

  8. Meg says:

    I also read they created a new studio for megyn Kelly’s show too-previous shows for that time slot simply used part of the today show studio so they spent tons of money on her. not sure what they were doing, hoping to pull elderly white people watching fox news during the day? ESPECIALLY since the previous show on NBC at that time won that time slot, yet they removed it for megyn Kelly. this is just horrible decisions making for NBC who also wouldn’t discuss ronan farrow’s Harvey Weinstein story so NBC is no Bueno