“I feel badly, because, you know, I wanted her to make it, I did,” the 80-year-old actress told Entertainment Tonight of Megyn’s firing from NBC. “That’s always how everyone learns, through making mistakes. It’s through failure that we grow and learn. I know that has been true for me, and I think it is for everybody.”
Jane and Megyn made headlines back in September 2017 when they had a controversial interview on Megyn’s former morning show, Megyn Kelly Today. “You admit you’ve had work done, which I think is to your credit, I think you look amazing. Why did you say — I read that you said you felt you’re not proud to admit that you’ve had work done. Why not?” Megyn asked Jane during their sit-down, to which she replied, “We really want to talk about that now?”
“Well, one of the things people think when they look at you is how amazing you look,” Megyn continued. Jane responded: “Well, thanks. Good attitude, good posture, take care of myself. But let me tell you why I love this movie that we did, Our Souls at Night, rather than plastic surgery.” Awkward!
After the cringe-worthy encounter, Jane spoke out about it. “It wasn’t like I was upset. I was stunned. It was so inappropriate,” she shared during a January Q&A with Variety. “It showed that she’s not that good an interviewer.”
But Megyn didn’t stand for the hate. Moments after, she took to her show to diss Jane right back. “Well, the truth is most older women look nothing like Fonda, who is now 80. And if Fonda really wants to have an honest discussion about older women’s cultural face, then her plastic surgery is tough to ignore,” she stated on a January episode of the series. “She knows this, and that is why, to her credit, she’s discussed her cosmetic surgery pretty much everywhere before coming on our show.”
She added, “Apparently when she came here, however, again to promote her film about aging, I was supposed to discern that this subject was suddenly off-limits.”
However, in early October, just weeks before Megyn’s eponymous talk show was pulled off the air following her racist comments about blackface, she revealed she regretted that interview. “I certainly wish I hadn’t put on Jane Fonda,” she candidly told Us Weekly at the time. “That didn’t go well!”
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