Just more than a year after Megyn Kelly‘s cringeworthy Megyn Kelly Today interview with Hollywood icon Jane Fonda, the 47-year-old star has admitted that she regrets awkwardly asking the actress about her plastic surgery.
During a new interview with Us Weekly, Megyn confessed her sit-down with Jane, 80, is her biggest regret from the first year of her NBC talk show. “I certainly wish I hadn’t put on Jane Fonda,” she candidly told the magazine. “That didn’t go well!”
Though Jane was definitely unhappy about Megyn asking about her plastic surgery procedures during an interview to promote her latest movie with Robert Redford, Our Souls at Night, Megyn said she actually wouldn’t have done anything different with their conversation. “She answered that question in about 40 different forums,” Megyn said. “It was nothing wrong with me. And she’s answered it in 40 more forums since!”
Megyn added that she belives the awkwardness with Jane was actually due to the journalist’s former job with Fox News. “I think the issue was somebody who used to work at Fox News was asking it of her that particular day. There’s nothing I can do about that. I know some people don’t like Fox News, and some people don’t like me and that’s OK,” Megyn explained.
“I let her beat up on me repeatedly. [Jane] went out there and ripped on me. It’s fine. You have to take your licks as a reporter, as an anchor. And she did it again, and she did it again, and she did it again and I didn’t say anything,” she added.
Days after Megyn’s uncomfortable on-air exchange with Jane, her Today co-host Savannah Guthrie defended Megyn’s interview with the actress. “I’ve asked that question too! You know, sometimes you ask questions in an interview and, you know, it doesn’t… live TV, there’s awkward moments all the time. That’s called live TV,” Savannah, 46, said during an appearance on Bravo’s Watch What Happens Live with Andy Cohen.
During Megyn’s Today interview with Jane, she asked the star, “You’ve been an example to everyone in how to age beautifully and with strength and unapologetically. You admit you’ve had work done, which I think is to your credit. But you look amazing. I read that you said you’re not proud to admit you’ve had work done. Why not?” Jane then candidly shot back, “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 pressed on, to which Jane replied, “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.”
In the past, Jane has admitted to getting work done. “I’ve had plastic surgery. I made sure that they kept my lines. I didn’t want to lose my wrinkles — I just wanted to lose the bags under my eyes,” she told Access Hollywood in 2012. But, last month, Jane admitted in an HBO documentary about her life that she actually regrets having work done to change her appearance. “On one level, I hate the fact that I’ve had the need to alter myself physically to feel that I’m OK. I wish I wasn’t like that. I love older faces. I love lived-in faces. I loved Vanessa Redgrave’s face. I wish I was braver. But I am what I am,” she said.