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Megyn Kelly Invites Former NBC Host Matt Lauer on Her Show
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3 Dec 2017 10:59 PM EST

-by Chanel Adams, Staff Writer; Image: Megyn Kelly (Image Source: Public Domain)

Megyn Kelly is opening up about Matt Lauer's shocking firing on Wednesday, Nov. 29.

The NBC host made an emotional announcement on Wednesday morning following the firing of the Today show host amid his sexual harassment allegations. Kelly admitted the news hit “close to home” for her and her colleagues, reports MailOnline.

“This one does hit close to home,” Kelly said on air. “I, too, have known Matt for a long time and he has been a friend and has been kind and supportive to me in my transition to NBC News. And I see the anguish on my colleagues' faces. But, when this happens, what we don't see is the pain on the faces of those who found the courage to come forward and it is a terrifying thing to do.”

“We don't see the career opportunities women lose because of sexual harassment or the intense stress it causes a woman dealing with it when she comes to work each day. I am thinking of those women this morning,” Kelly continued, “And hoping they are okay. The days to come will not be easy.”

On Thursday, Kelly invited Matt Lauer and his accusers on her show, reports The Hill. She said that she is “committed to telling people's stories if they choose to come forward.”

“As hard it is to report on one of our own colleagues, we remain committed to telling people's stories if they choose to come forward,” The Megyn Kelly Today host said, according to Entertainment Weekly. “The women in this case, too – the Matt Lauer case – are invited and welcome to do exactly that on this show.”

Kelly left Fox News back in January after she was offered a reported $100 million to stay on the network. She cited a desire to stay home with her husband and family during the evening hours. The 47-year-old former attorney was part of an internal investigation into sexual harassment accusations made against Fox's later former chairman and CEO, Roger Ailes.

Kelly revealed the details on Wednesday at Business Insider's Ignition media event. She revealed how Ailes sexually assaulted her behind closed doors at his Fox News office. Kelly claimed Aisles “tried to grab me three times,” and then “asked me when my contract was up.” When she reported Ailes' sexual misconduct to her supervisor, she was only warned to “steer clear of him.”

She also revealed that she knew “the Charlie Rose thing was coming” and that she heard “rumors” about Lauer's sexual misconduct, reports MailOnline. While she had no “official knowledge” of Lauer's history with sexual assault, she admitted that “people were sniffing around the issue,” but she hoped the rumors “weren't true.”

Kelly's recent comments come after Lauer issued an apology on Thursday morning following the reports of his sexual harassment during his time on the NBC morning show.

"There are no words to express my sorrow and regret for the pain I have caused others by words and actions. To the people I have hurt, I am truly sorry," Lauer said after his firing was announced on Wednesday. "As I am writing this I realize the depth of the damage and disappointment I have left behind at home and at NBC."

"Some of what is being said about me is untrue or mischaracterized, but there is enough truth in these stories to make me feel embarrassed and ashamed. I regret that my shame is now shared by the people I cherish dearly," he continued.

"Repairing the damage will take a lot of time and soul searching and I'm committed to beginning that effort. It is now my full time job," Lauer continued. "The last two days have forced me to take a very hard look at my own troubling flaws. It's been humbling. I am blessed to be surrounded by the people I love. I thank them for their patience and grace."

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