Shortly after his sister publicly discussed her sexual harassment claim against Bill O’Reilly, Fox News acted Monday to fire reporter John Huddy.
Huddy, a foreign correspondent who was based in Jerusalem since 2014, was let go “following a thorough investigation into a physical altercation earlier this month,” Fox News said.
However, the timing of his firing came a few hours after his sister, Juliet Huddy, appeared on NBC with former Fox news host Megyn Kelly, now an NBC host, to discuss her sexual harassment allegations against O’Reilly.
She said she settled with O’Reilly for an undisclosed amount, but also with a non-disclosure agreement that limited how much she could say on the air.
Fox suggested the timing was a coincidence.
“The network’s investigation concluded last week, and due to the observation of the Sabbath on Friday, terminated Huddy’s employment this morning,” Fox said Monday.
John and Juliet Huddy are the children of John Huddy Sr., a Fox News consultant and friend of former Fox News CEO Roger Ailes, who left Fox under a cloud last summer following a sexual harassment lawsuit filed by former Fox host Gretchen Carlson.
On Tuesday, Kelly noted that John Huddy had been fired, saying there was “more fallout” about the sexual harassment claims against O’Reilly.
“O’Reilly accuser Juliet Huddy, a former Fox News anchor was here yesterday … speaking about the downsides of settling the cases like this which typically, and in her case, result in nondisclosure agreements. Which basically shut the accusers up,” Kelly continued.
Huddy “was open here about her fear in saying anything at all,” Kelly said, then noting that before the show was over, her brother was fired.
Although Huddy had said little about Fox News on Monday, Kelly ripped into the network that day.
“At Fox News, the media relations chief Irena Briganti is known for her vindictiveness. To this day, she pushes negative articles on certain Ailes accusers, like the one you’re looking at now,” she said, indicating Juliet Huddy.
‘It gives me no pleasure to report such news about my former employer which has absolutely made some reforms since all of this went down. But this must stop. The abuse of women, the shaming of them, the threatening, the retaliation. The silencing of them after-the-fact,” she said. “It has to stop.”
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