Fox News host Megyn Kelly jokingly rebuked Bill O’Reilly on his own show on Monday night after the Factor host brought up New York Times magazine’s recent article on her.
“I can’t remember them ever saying anything good about anybody on this channel,” O’Reilly said.
“Jealousy is an ugly emotion, Bill,” she responded.
Kelly was described as the network’s “breakthrough artist” in the piece, which was published late last week. O’Reilly cracked that it was a “puff piece,” and that the magazine was praising her because she was “charming.”
“Oh my God, it’s on camera — this is awesome,” Kelly said after O’Reilly complimented her. “Another puff piece, right now, is happening at this moment.”
However, Kelly was not able to sway O’Reilly regarding Jim Rutenberg, who profiled her for the magazine; at the mention of his name, O’Reilly mokingly made a choking motion and asked for medical assistance.
“He was very fair,” Kelly insisted.
“Because he loved you,” O’Reilly shouted, before suggesting that Rutenberg had misrepresented him in the past.
“Not only was he fair to me, he was fair to the Fox News Channel and to our boss, Roger Ailes,” Kelly said of Rutenberg. “A lot of people want to make Roger Ailes into the boogieman because they’re jealous of his success. They’re afraid of Fox News. He told it like it is.”
Watch the discussion, as posted online on Monday, below.