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Under-fire NBC host Megyn Kelly indulges in retail therapy

Megyn Kelly was spotted indulging in a little retail shopping hours after she was trashed by the ladies of The View – as NBC ran a pre-taped episode of her show.

Kelly, carrying shopping bags from Vince, was seen picking up a new pair of jeans at Paige denim, which typically start at around $200, in New York on Monday before strolling around Manhattan.

The NBC host turned heads as she wandered around New York City, looking somber in black boots, a black jacket, grey jeans and a black and grey scarf – throwing in a flash of color with her rose tinted shades. 

 

Megyn Kelly was spotted indulging in a little retail shopping hours after she was trashed by the ladies of The View – as NBC ran a pre-taped episode of her show 

Kelly was later seen gazing up at a menu board at an ice cream shop in New York City on Tuesday 

Kelly was later seen gazing up at a menu board at an ice cream shop in New York City on Tuesday 

The 47-year-old NBC host may have felt the need to indulge after she was trashed by the ladies of The View for her treatment of Jane Fonda

The 47-year-old NBC host may have felt the need to indulge after she was trashed by the ladies of The View for her treatment of Jane Fonda

The former Fox host treated herself with an ice cream after a busy day of shopping, before fleeing the wintery New York weather in a cab

The former Fox host treated herself with an ice cream after a busy day of shopping, before fleeing the wintery New York weather in a cab

After her shopping spree, Kelly decided to treat herself further with a trip to an ice cream shop before she escaped the wintery weather by hopping in a cab.

The 47-year-old may have been feeling the need to indulge a little after she was heavily criticized by the women on The View for her headline-grabbing attack on Jane Fonda.

She was also afforded a rare midweek day off after NBC chose to run a taped episode of Kelly’s hour of Today – despite the fact that she had managed to grab much public interest on Monday with her criticism of the Oscar-winning actress, who has repeatedly taken the host to task for asking about her plastic surgery in September.

The airing of Megyn Kelly Yesterday also coincided with the announcement of the this year’s Oscar nominations, an event Today has covered in the past by speaking with the contenders during the 9am hour of the show.

It was all planned though, according to a network source who said that it would have been hard to book an audience given the focus of the show on Tuesday – sex trafficking. 

Kelly had a her rare, mid-week day off on Tuesday after NBC ran a pre-taped episode of her show (pictured shopping at Paige)

Kelly had a her rare, mid-week day off on Tuesday after NBC ran a pre-taped episode of her show (pictured shopping at Paige)

The TV host was spotted indulging in a little retail therapy on Tuesday (pictured in Paige, carrying a bag from Vince store)

The TV host was spotted indulging in a little retail therapy on Tuesday (pictured in Paige, carrying a bag from Vince store)

Kelly purchased some grey jeans from a New York City Paige denim store. Jeans at the brand typically begin at around $200

Kelly purchased some grey jeans from a New York City Paige denim store. Jeans at the brand typically begin at around $200

Kelly appears to have made a call during the transaction, and was seen chatting to someone as the sales person rang up her purchase, and continued to chat as she left the shop

Kelly appears to have made a call during the transaction, and was seen chatting to someone as the sales person rang up her purchase, and continued to chat as she left the shop

‘It’s a sensitive topic best handled on tape,’ added the source, who noted that the decision was made to tape the episode last week.

The View discussed the Fonda controversy on Tuesday, and guest host Ann Curry said that she was shocked by Kelly’s words. 

‘We’re witnessing what we saw yesterday, a certain amount of meanness that I think is – meanness which we should not tolerate,’ said Curry, while Joy Behar was blunt, saying that Fonda’s response to Kelly’s comment should have been:  ‘How much work have you had b****?’

And Whoopi Goldberg than tried to put everything in perspective by saying: ‘If I can forgive you for telling all my friends’ black children that Santa is only white, you can step back. Because you made a mistake. You made a mistake. We all make mistakes. You gotta lighten up, babe.’

The NBC host looked somber in black boots, a black jacket, grey jeans and a black and grey scarf - throwing in a flash of color with her rose tinted shades

The NBC host looked somber in black boots, a black jacket, grey jeans and a black and grey scarf – throwing in a flash of color with her rose tinted shades

Kelly spent a relatively long time chatting to someone as she wandered around Manhattan 

Kelly spent a relatively long time chatting to someone as she wandered around Manhattan 

The 47-year-old may have been feeling the need to indulge a little after she was heavily criticized by the women on The View for her headline-grabbing attack on Jane Fonda

The 47-year-old may have been feeling the need to indulge a little after she was heavily criticized by the women on The View for her headline-grabbing attack on Jane Fonda

Kelly looked a little frustrated at points as she talked to someone on her cell, while walking past a colorful flower store

Kelly looked a little frustrated at points as she talked to someone on her cell, while walking past a colorful flower store

Curry also noted: ‘Journalists are not supposed to be the story and it’s a struggle, I think, for everyone to be, but we’re supposed to be humble. We’re supposed to use whatever time we’re given to shine a light on other stories. I mean there are so many stories that we’re not covering.’

Behar chimed in again as well to dial back on her comment.

‘I have the apologize to Megyn Kelly. I didn’t mean the call her a b****. I’ve met her. I like her,’ said Behar.

‘She’s struggling for a persona. Like a comedian is looking for, “who am I on stage?” She doesn’t know who she is.’ 

Meghan McCain then noted that it can be hard for people to shift from Fox News to other outlets, citing her own experience coming to ABC.

Today has in the past pre-taped interviews with sex trafficking victims, but it is unclear why Kelly and her producers would opt to air that episode on a morning when they could discuss James Franco and Kevin Spacey’s sexual misconduct in light of the Oscar nominations.     

The planned episode received no extra promotion from NBC, getting a brief mention on Today two minutes before air and a taped tease from Kelly at 8am on the morning show. 

 The confrontational TV host was not in the studio today, which had been organized last week, according to a network source who said that it would have been hard to book an audience given the focus of the show on Tuesday - sex trafficking

 The confrontational TV host was not in the studio today, which had been organized last week, according to a network source who said that it would have been hard to book an audience given the focus of the show on Tuesday – sex trafficking

The planned episode received no extra promotion from NBC, getting a brief mention on Today two minutes before air and a taped tease from Kelly at 8am on the morning show

The planned episode received no extra promotion from NBC, getting a brief mention on Today two minutes before air and a taped tease from Kelly at 8am on the morning show

It is unclear why Kelly and her producers would opt to air that episode on a morning when they could discuss James Franco and Kevin Spacey's sexual misconduct in light of the Oscar nominations

It is unclear why Kelly and her producers would opt to air that episode on a morning when they could discuss James Franco and Kevin Spacey’s sexual misconduct in light of the Oscar nominations

Kelly quite literally turned heads while she walked through the streets of New York, still speaking on her phone

Kelly quite literally turned heads while she walked through the streets of New York, still speaking on her phone

Kelly enjoys her day off from work and spends her time clothes shopping and treating herself to ice cream

Kelly enjoys her day off from work and spends her time clothes shopping and treating herself to ice cream

NBC decided to go with a pre tape of her show so she made full use of her spare time by buying clothes in Vince and Paige stores 

NBC decided to go with a pre tape of her show so she made full use of her spare time by buying clothes in Vince and Paige stores 

NBC in no way tried to hide the fact that it was airing a taped episode though, with the words ‘Previously Recorded’ flashing at the top of the screen.

Those are words that are seldom seen on the morning show these days, with even the normally taped fourth hour on Friday going live recently as Hoda Kotb is joined by Jenna Bush-Hager in the absence of Kathie Lee Gifford.  

Kelly’s audience on Monday sat through the sex trafficking episode after a very eventful close to episode one. 

That was when Kelly criticized Fonda for her actions during the Vietnam War four decades ago on her now infamous trip to Hanoi.

She also claimed that the actress had yet to apologize for her 1972 tour of North Vietnam. Fonda has stated multiple times that she regrets ever giving off the impression that she did not support US troops.

This was all brought on by Kelly’s anger at Fonda repeatedly bringing up a question she asked back in September about her plastic surgery.    

Kelly incensed many from the liberal base, she would often toy with during her years on Fox News, with those comments on Monday, and a host of celebs quickly came to Fonda’s defense.

Megyn Kelly Yesterday: Megyn Kelly (above on Monday in an episode that aired on Tuesday) was off the air on Tuesday, one day after she attacked Jane Fonda 

Megyn Kelly Yesterday: Megyn Kelly (above on Monday in an episode that aired on Tuesday) was off the air on Tuesday, one day after she attacked Jane Fonda 

Coming for Kelly: Ann Curry said the move was petty and called Kelly 'mean,' while Joy Behar said Fonda should have asked: 'How much work have you had b****?'

Coming for Kelly: Ann Curry said the move was petty and called Kelly ‘mean,’ while Joy Behar said Fonda should have asked: ‘How much work have you had b****?’

‘Megyn Kelly is a moron – spineless wanna be barbie – she sucks and so does her show,’ wrote Rosie O’Donnell.

‘What a moron this woman is,’ noted Rosanna Arquette.

And Kelly’s very first guest on Today, Debra Messing, said: ‘This is disgusting. Shameful.’

There was support for Kelly too, with lawyer and columnist Kurt Schlicter responding to Messing’s tweet by writing: ‘Maybe you should prioritize American heroes, like VADM James Stockdale, who were tortured and sometimes murdered by the communist bastards Hanoi Jane cavorted with, over your Hollywood traitor pal.’  

This could be just the controversy Kelly wants though as she tries to drive up viewing figures for the show. 

'Look at her treatment of our military during the Vietnam war, many of our veterans still call her "Hanoi Jane" ... for shaming troops,' said Kelly (Fonda above in Vietnam)

‘Look at her treatment of our military during the Vietnam war, many of our veterans still call her “Hanoi Jane” … for shaming troops,’ said Kelly (Fonda above in Vietnam)

It has been four months since Megyn Kelly earned the wrath and ire of Jane Fonda for asking the 80-year-old actress about her plastic surgery.

That moment occurred during Kelly’s third episode on September 27 when she asked the Oscar-winner about what work she had done in the past. 

It prompted a steely Fonda to stare Kelly down and ask: ‘We really want to talk about that now?’

Since then Fonda has complained about the question to a number of outlets, and even mocked Kelly’s question on Today last week during an interview with Savannah Guthrie and Hoda Kotb 

Fonda was appearing with Lily Tomlin, who said she had known the actress: ‘before her first facelift’.

To which Fonda shot back: ‘Who are you, Megyn Kelly?’ 

‘When she first complained publicly after the program, and repeatedly, I chose to say nothing, as my general philosophy is what other people think of me is none of my business,’ said Megyn at the end of her program on Monday. 

‘However, Fonda was at it again last week, including right here on NBC, and then again elsewhere. So it’s time to address the poor-me routine.’ 

‘First, some context. Fonda was on to promote a film about aging. For years she has spoken openly about her joy in giving a cultural face to older women,’ Kelly told her studio audience.

‘Well, the truth is, most older women look nothing like Fonda, who is now 80. And if Fonda really wants to have an honest discussion about older women’s cultural face, then her plastic surgery is tough to ignore.’

She continued: ‘Fonda herself knows this. She knows this. And that is why, to her credit, she discussed her cosmetic surgery pretty much everywhere before coming on our show.’ 

On the attack: Kelly (above on the live Monday episode) tore into Jane Fonda for repeatedly criticizing her over a plastic surgery question she asked the actress, 80, back in September

On the attack: Kelly (above on the live Monday episode) tore into Jane Fonda for repeatedly criticizing her over a plastic surgery question she asked the actress, 80, back in September

Oh no she did not: Fonda (above in September after being asked about her plastic surgery by Megyn Kelly) recently spoke about the question in an interview with Variety and on Today

Oh no she did not: Fonda (above in September after being asked about her plastic surgery by Megyn Kelly) recently spoke about the question in an interview with Variety and on Today

Grudge match: Kelly failed to mention that she herself had run multiple segments on her Fox News show The Kelly File which were highly critical on Fonda (pair above in controversial September clash)

Grudge match: Kelly failed to mention that she herself had run multiple segments on her Fox News show The Kelly File which were highly critical on Fonda (pair above in controversial September clash)

‘Look, 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 okay. But I have no regrets about the question,’ explained Kelly.

‘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.’

That is when Kelly launched into Fox News mode. 

‘Look at her treatment of our military during the Vietnam war, 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 pilots,’ stated Kelly.

‘She called our POW’s “hypocrites and liars” and referred to their torture as understandable. Even she had to apologize years later for that gun picture – but not for the rest of it.’

She then closed out by saying: ‘By the way she still says she’s not proud of America. So, the moral indignation is a little much. She put her plastic surgery out there. She said she wanted to discuss the plight of older women in America. And honestly she has no business lecturing anyone on what qualifies as offensive.’

Kelly’s claim is inaccurate however. Fonda apologized directly to a group of Vietnam veterans in 2015 while appearing at an event in Maryland.

WHY IS JANE FONDA CALLED HANOI JANE?

Jane Fonda was one of the most public faces in the anti-war movement throughout the years that the United States was in Vietnam, but drew the outrage of many in 1972 when she traveled to Hanoi in North Vietnam.

After touring the area and being heavily photographed with the forces that the US were fighting, Fonda publicly attacked her country for bombing farmland and destroying the dyke system which was crucial to feeding much of the population. 

The United States denied ever carrying out such an action. 

It was the photograph of Fonda on an antiaircraft gun that would have been used to shoot down and destroy American planes before taking any surviving servicemen captives as POWs that truly angered millions, and is still a great source of outrage for some veterans.

Fonda recounted the trip in her memoir

Fonda recounted the trip in her memoir

Congress later held hearings to decide if Fonda should be punished for her actions, with many calling her trip an act of treason and the actress a traitor.

At the same time, false reports began to surface also claiming that Fonda spoke with POWs in North Vietnam and relayed the information they shared with her to enemy troops.

Fonda wrote about the infamous antiaircraft gun photo in her 2005 memoir My Life So Far.

‘Someone (I don’t remember who) leads me toward the gun, and I sit down, still laughing, still applauding. It all has nothing to do with where I am sitting. I hardly even think about where I am sitting,’ said Fonda. 

‘The cameras flash. I get up, and as I start to walk back to the car with the translator, the implication of what has just happened hits me. Oh, my God. It’s going to look like I was trying to shoot down U.S. planes! I plead with him, You have to be sure those photographs are not published. Please, you can’t let them be published.’ 

She went on to write: ‘I am assured it will be taken care of. I don’t know what else to do. It is possible that the Vietnamese had it all planned. I will never know. If they did, can I really blame them? The buck stops here.

‘If I was used, I allowed it to happen. It was my mistake, and I have paid and continue to pay a heavy price for it.’



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