Megyn Kelly, the Fox News anchor who was a catalyst for Fox honcho Roger Ailes’ ouster over sexual harassment charges, stunned the Republican National Convention last night. She wore a slinky cocktail dress on air, just like the one in her risque 2010 GQ magazine photo shoot.
Social media erupted, especially conservatives and evangelicals who make up the bulk of the convention goers and Fox News audience.
She knew, or should have known, the dress would cause an uproar.
In May, Liberte Chan, a KTLA-TV weathercaster in Los Angeles, was shamed on the air for wearing a similar dress. She was handed a sweater and told to cover up in the middle of her broadcast. (See video below)
An on-air anchor handed her the cardigan. He claimed the station was receiving “a lot of emails,” presumably negative.
For the record, KTLA-TV was later criticized for the move.
Kelly, at least, was spared that indignity for wearing a nearly identical spaghetti-strap dress. But she couldn’t escape the wrath of the Twittersphere.
Critics charged that the 45-year-old anchor looked “unprofessional.” Some claimed she looked like she was “wearing a bikini” or dressing like a “cocktail waitress.”
“@FoxNews Still hard to take your coverage seriously when @megynkelly looks like she’s working for an escort agency,” Tweeted one convention watcher.
“If Megyn Kelly wants us to take her seriously as a journalist. Stop dressing like a cocktail waitress,” wrote another Twitter wag.
The irony is Kelly was instrumental in causing Ailes’ departure after former Fox anchor Gretchen Carlson sued him for sexual harassment, as TheImproper has reported.
In an internal investigation, Kelly said Ailes also sexually harassed her a decade ago, according to New York magazine.
Shortly afterward, the powerful Fox Chief Executive was handed his walking papers with a tidy $40 million severance package, according to reports.
In a further irony Kelly wore a similar dress in a risque photo spread for GQ magazine in 2010.
Fox News, which is a champion of conservative causes, appears to be in just as much disarray as the Republican Party.
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