Jane Fonda Loses Her Cool At NBC Host Megyn Kelly

About a day after Will & Grace star Debra Messing expressed her regret for appearing on Megyn Kelly's new NBC daytime show, the host is back in the hot seat.    

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Kelly had the iconic Jane Fonda and Robert Redford on Wednesday's episode of NBC's TODAY show, and some parts of the interview did not go as smooth as she had planned.  


Fonda and Redford went on the show to promote their new movie Our Souls at Night, but at one point Kelly deviated from the main topic of conversation to ask Fonda a question that she has previously stated she's uncomfortable answering.

The Oscar-winning actress was clearly unimpressed by Kelly's probing and things got very awkward.

The former Fox News host brought up Fonda's history with plastic surgery, despite the fact that the actress publicly stated that she was not proud about having work done.

"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," Kelly said to Fonda.

"I read that you said you're not proud to admit you've had work done. Why not?" she asked.


The 79-year-old actress stared at Kelly for a moment before saying, "We really want to talk about that right now?"

Kelly tried to brush off the fact that Fonda was in disbelief by her question by quickly replying, "One of the things people think about you when they look at you is how amazing you look."


Fonda, who is no stranger to prying journalists, regained her composure before replying, "Thanks. Good attitude. Good posture. Take care of myself."

Not wanting to stray away from the reason why her and Redford were on the show in the first place, Fonda took control of the rest of the interview and turned the focus back to the Our Souls at Night.

"But let me tell you why I love this movie that we did, Our Souls at Night, rather than plastic surgery," Fonda said.

"You kind of have a choice in life when you get close to 80 or even before then, what you want to do with your life," Fonda continued. "And my character, Addie, in this movie, she knows there's a lot more time behind her than there is in front and she doesn't want to go down lonely and scared."

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It's quite surprising that Kelly brought up an issue that Fonda never liked addressing during interviews. It's one thing to talk about someone's style or makeup secrets, but asking about someone's nose job or facelift is a bit too personal, even for a celebrity.

"I've had plastic surgery. I've talked about that. That doesn't matter," Fonda said in an interview with Dujour Magazine. What matters is realizing you can always get better. That you have to keep taking leaps of faith. It gets harder as you get older. You have to stay brave and keep trying to go beyond your comfort zone and see what you need to get to become who you're supposed to be."

Do you think Megyn Kelly was wrong to ask Fonda this question?

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