Ann Curry on Megyn Kelly: 'This Is Not Journalism'

She was referencing the Monday segment on Jane Fonda
By Kate Seamons,  Newser Staff
Posted Jan 24, 2018 6:24 AM CST
Updated Jan 24, 2018 6:41 AM CST

(Newser) – A former Today show anchor had some tough words for a current Today host. In a Tuesday appearance on the View, Ann Curry addressed Megyn Kelly's Monday segment blasting Jane Fonda. By way of background, Fonda shut down a question Kelly asked about plastic surgery in September, then when asked about Kelly over the weekend, called the question "inappropriate" and Kelly a subpar interviewer. In a biting piece, Kelly brought up "Hanoi Jane's" past and said she had "no business" lecturing anyone on what is offensive. "We're supposed to be humble," was Curry's response, per People. "We're supposed to use whatever time we're given to shine a light on other stories. I mean, there are so many stories that we're not covering. And to take time with this—this is not journalism."

"We are witnessing a certain amount of meanness which we should not tolerate," Curry added. View co-host Joy Behar was a little more blunt in her reaction: "To drag the Vietnam War into a plastic surgery conversation is a real stretch. ... Jane should have just said to her, 'And how much work have you had, b----?'" Later in the segment, Behar apologized for using the B-word, saying she actually really likes Kelly, and summed up Kelly's issue as not having settled on a persona yet. Hollywood Life notes Wendy Williams also swung at Kelly during her talk show, calling Kelly's segment a "Jerry Springer sign-off moment" and accusing her of "fishing for ratings." In a lengthy opinion piece at the Daily Beast, Tim Teeman saw the segment as a resurfacing of the "old Megyn Kelly, the Fox News Megyn Kelly. ... The problem is, she sounds nothing like the rest of the Today show, and what the hell does NBC do about that?"

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