Ms. Kelly had an with Ms. Fonda in September on her talk show "Megyn Kelly Today" after she asked the actress about her past plastic surgeries, which Ms. Fonda had been outspoken about while speaking with other outlets.
"When she first complained - publicly after the program and repeatedly - I choose to say nothing because my philosophy is that what people think of me is none of my business", Kelly began in the clip below.
Kelly, who takes over "Today" at 9a.m., had "congratulated" Kotb, "Mean Girls"-style, when the latter landed Matt Lauer's job".
"Will & Grace" star Debra Messing also expressed regret about appearing on "Megyn Kelly Today" after the host made an awkward gay joke during her interview. "I was stunned. It was so inappropriate", the 80-year-old Fonda said of the uncomfortable question.
Kelly then went a step further. She said she's not "in the market for a lesson from Jane Fonda on what is and is not appropriate" and dug deep into Fonda's past to talk about "a woman whose name is synonymous with outrage".
On Monday (22Jan18), Kelly addressed the drama for the first time, taking aim at the actress and women's rights activist for continuing to grumble about their TV encounter. It's comparable to the Godwin's law corollary that referring to someone as "Hitler" generally ends a discussion (and not in a good way), and Kelly may hope she can end the feud this way.
Kelly finally addressed Fonda's beef while defending the plastic surgery question and pointing out that they were discussing a film about aging.
Whew! So yeah, any chance we've heard the last word on this little brouhaha? "Sure", she said. "It wasn't like I was upset", she explained.
"We really want to talk about that now?"
"Many of our veterans still call her "Hanoi Jane" thanks to her radio broadcasts, which attempted to shame American troops. Honesty, she has no business lecturing anyone on what qualifies as offensive". "She posed on an anti-aircraft gun used to shoot down our pilots", Kelly said, showing photos of same on screen.
Representatives for Ms. Fonda did not immediately respond to a request for comment. As was chronicled in Karina Longworth's podcast, You Must Remember This, Fonda has spent numerous past 50 years apologizing or clarifying for her Vietnam War actions.
Megyn Kelly attends the 2017 Time 100 Gala at Jazz at Lincoln Center on April 25, 2017 in New York City. She called our POWs hypocrites and liars and referred to their torture as 'understandable.' Even she had to apologize years later for that gun picture.