CNN’s Anderson Cooper asked Kirsten Powers had a lot to say about her time as a Fox News analyst working with Bill O’Reilly. The political analyst told a pretty harrowing story about what former Fox chief Roger Ailes told her when she complained about O’Reilly’s inappropriate jokes.
“Bill O’Reilly was Fox News, he had so much power,” Powers said, “and it was sort of unthinkable that he would ever leave there, except on his own terms. And I did his show regularly, you know, for a long time, and I was thinking about an incident that had happened early on in my career there where I was on-air there with Margaret Hoover, who’s at CNN now, on a regular segment, we were on every Monday. And he got Margaret’s name wrong, and Margaret said, ‘Hey, get my name right,’ and he said, ‘Oh, I’m sorry, there’s a lot of blondes in this operation, I can’t keep you all straight. Megyn Kelly’s coming up,’ starts throwing all these blondes’ names. And at the end of the segment, says, ‘Thank you for your blondeness,’ to both of us.”