"I did not sell the rights to my story or book and only got my first look at the film once it was past the point of any possible edits, though there are certainly some I would have made," Kelly also wrote in her Instagram post.
Former Fox News anchor Megyn Kelly wrote in an Instagram post on Friday that watching Bombshell "was an incredibly emotional experience" and if given the chance, she would have suggested edits.
Kelly shared thoughts on the film after going to see Frozen 2 with husband Douglas Brunt and six-year-old son Thatcher. While at the movie theater, Kelly wrote that when her son spotted a Bombshell poster, Charlize Theron's personification of Kelly "confused him because it appears to show a picture of me."
Kelly continued in her post, seen below, that while the film "is loosely based on my experience during the sexual harassment scandal at Fox News, I have nothing to do with this film."
"I did not sell the rights to my story or book and only got my first look at the film once it was past the point of any possible edits, though there are certainly some I would have made," she shared. "Watching this picture was an incredibly emotional experience for me, and for those with whom I saw it. Sexual harassment is pervasive in this country; it can leave scars that do not heal. My heart goes out to those who've gone through it, who I hope might find some comfort in this story."
Kelly concluded her post by noting she has more thoughts about the film and will share them soon.
Fellow former Fox News host Gretchen Carlson, played by Nicole Kidman in Bombshell, recently criticized Fox News' NDAs for protecting "predatory behavior" and silencing victims during The Hollywood Reporter's annual Power 100 Women in Entertainment event on Monday.
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My husband @dougbrunt and I recently took our three kids to see the movie “Frozen 2.” As we walked into the theatre, our 6-year-old stopped at this poster promoting another movie hitting the big screen. The ad confused him because it appears to show a picture of me. But while the movie “Bombshell” is loosely based on my experience during the sexual harassment scandal at Fox News, I have nothing to do with this film. I did not sell the rights to my story or book and only got my first look at the film once it was past the point of any possible edits, though there are certainly some I would have made. Watching this picture was an incredibly emotional experience for me, and for those with whom I saw it. Sexual harassment is pervasive in this country; it can leave scars that do not heal. My heart goes out to those who've gone through it, who I hope might find some comfort in this story. As for my thoughts about the film, I'll have more soon.
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The former Fox News and NBC anchor also discussed her portrayal in 'Bombshell' and activism on social media: 'The country's going through something right now.'
Megyn Kelly criticized a polarized media landscape in the Trump era in a rare television guest appearance since she left her NBC morning show on Friday.
In her first appearance on Real Time With Bill Maher, the former Megyn Kelly Today anchor brushed away host Maher's suggestions that she might miss reporting the news each day, though she added, "I miss being a voice of reason in the storm because there's so much hysteria in the media, for and against."
Kelly returned to the subject later, saying, "The media's so messed up right now, it's disheartening. It's not just about Trump. He says they're 'the enemy of the people,' and I know why he says it."
When she then called the media "biased," Maher challenged her assertion, noting that she had worked for right-leaning network Fox News. Kelly responded that Fox News brought balance to the rest of media: "Fox was born and did so well because ... the rest of the media was biased to the left," she said.
After Maher countered that the media was biased toward "money," Kelly took the example of CNN, which she said she used to watch while she worked at Fox News: "My view is CNN became the things Trump said they were and weren't and now they are. They're basically indistinguishable from NBC."
If you cover President Trump responsibly, Maher argued, "you're going to look left-leaning." In response, Kelly launched into a personal anecdote, saying that while she was NBC and Trump attacked her frequently, "it took everything to go on the set and not take it personally." She added, "You just have to remember it's not about you, it's about the audience and the truth."
When the subject of the major network came up, the pair took on "cancel culture." Kelly parted ways with NBC following controversial remarks about blackface, while Bill Maher didn't have his contract renewed at ABC in 2003 following his own remarks about 9/11. "My own take on it is the country's going through something right now. Marginalized people are rising up and trying to find positions at the table. The difference is, how do you do it?" Kelly said. As a woman, she said she in part understood that experience. "Do we do it with grace and humanity and understanding that people make mistakes...? We can't expect a perfect score of any person."
She later added that younger generations have always enlightened older generations but that "canceling" older mindsets went too far. "If that was the case, we wouldn't have had an Obama second term," she said, noting that former president Barack Obama...
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