Former Fox News personality Megyn Kelly just savaged CNN’s recently demoted Don Lemon during a segment of her Sirius XM podcast on Friday, saying that Fox News certainly would have fired anyone who acted like Lemon did.
Recent reports stated that he screamed at his cohost, Kaitlin Cooper, until she cried and left the studio. Kelly played a few clips of Collins, his cohost, interrupting Lemon during the program that supposedly led to the screaming, saying “Oh, okay. So there was some interrupting. It happens when you co-host a show, it happens.”
Continuing, she used her own personal experience with interruptions to note that cohosts accidentally interrupting each other isn’t a big deal and is something that just happens. She also noted that, even if it tends to get on your nerves, the exact thing not to do is start screaming at that person because doing so is incredibly unprofessional. In her words:
“I co-hosted a show with Bill Hemmer for three years. I was on the air with Bret Baier more times than I can count. And sometimes somebody gets on your nerves. What you don’t do is scream at them after the fact. Later you say, oh, we stepped on each other. It’s all about servicing the audience, if you’re a professional.”
That wasn’t all. Kelly continued to rip into Lemon over the story, throwing some insults his way and saying that men interrupt too. In her words:
“If you’re a douchebag, you scream at the woman next to you and blame it on her. Again, I’ve co-hosted more hours than I can count with a lot of guys with big egos, appropriately big egos. And never, never has, have I screamed at a colleague after like a co-host or had him scream at me.”
She then noted that she and her fellow co-hosts have “had charged disagreements” but that those never got out of hand and turned into screaming matches, saying:
“Had a charged disagreement with Chris Wallace one time. We’re never screaming at each other, and you pick it up right after. If somebody ever screamed at me to the point where I was visibly upset and ran out of the studio, I would have that person fired. I would make sure that person was fired.”
For reference, Don Lemon was recently accused of screaming at a female cohost of his, claiming that she “interrupted” him during a recent episode. As Kelly noted during her anti-Lemon rant, the cohost did interrupt Lemon a few times, but no more than co-hosts normally do.
Lemon was moved to the show with Collins from his prime time show as CNN scrambles to recover after declining ratings and the CNN+ fiasco. He insisted that he wasn’t demoted, but most who watched him go from his own prime time show to a morning show with a cohost argued otherwise…so perhaps that humiliation led to his outburst.
By: Will Tanner. Follow me on Twitter @Will_Tanner_1