Comedy Central's Jon Stewart praised Fox News host Megyn Kelly Thursday for her newfound appreciation of worker rights after returning from maternity leave.

On her first day back, Kelly took on conservative radio host Mike Gallagher for calling maternity leave "a racket."

But Stewart dug up past clips of Kelly railing against entitlements and mandated benefits.

"This is the problem with entitlements," he explained. "They are really only entitlements when they are something other people want. When it's something you want, they are a hallmark of a civilized society, a foundation of a great people. 'I just had a baby and found out that maternity leave strengthens society, but since I still have a job, unemployment benefits are clearly socialism.'"

"So either Megyn Kelly has inadvertently exposed the hypocrisy at the heart of conservative demonization of unions and the working class or... Oh my God, it's worse than I thought. Megyn Kelly is suffering from post-partum compassion."

Watch this video from Comedy Central's The Daily Show, broadcast Aug. 11, 2011.