Comedian Russell Brand has been accused of rape and sexual assault by four women, and many conservative commentators have rushed to defend him. SiriusXM host Megyn Kelly says that’s a mistake.
During The Megyn Kelly Show Monday, the former cable news host shared her opinion that the allegations appear credible and anyone saying otherwise is ignorant.
“I realize that the kneejerk instinct now by so many is, ‘Russell Brand is wrongly accused. These women are all liars’. I’m sorry this is extremely detailed. And then in the case of the other woman, there’s an actual set of medical records after she went to a rape crisis center, the day of the alleged encounter plus apologetic, begging for forgiveness texts from Russell Brand,” Kelly said. “Could you please, for one second, stay open-minded to the possibility that the women are telling the truth?! We don’t need to so overcorrect from the ‘Me Too’ movement that every woman gets completely disregarded and called a liar when she finds the guts to come forward and make an allegation.
“They may be telling the truth! It’s worth investigating! We don’t need to knee-jerk condemn him, and we don’t need to knee-jerk condemn them. I’m just pissed!” Kelly shouted. “Because what I’ve seen is like a rash of guys coming out to be like ‘It’s bullshit’. You don’t know whether it’s bullshit or not. Did you read the report of this woman? Did you read the alleged rape details? Or did you read the text message that she has from Russell Brand begging for forgiveness?”
Brand’s YouTube channel was demonetized, with several prominent conservative media figures, including Matt Walsh, Ben Shapiro, and Erick Erickson calling the move a bad precedent due to Brand not being charged with any crimes.
WDAY Host Jeff Left Retires After 50 Years
Left worked in New York City, Portsmouth, Columbus, Philadelphia, and Fargo.
WDAY host Jeff Left is saying goodbye to radio as he’s retiring after 50 years in the industry across the country. Left began his career in Cleveland, Ohio, when he was 17 years old, and his first on-air opportunity was reading traffic reports to listeners.
“I wasn’t afraid or nothing. ‘I-35 backed up 10 minutes’, and I’m just reading it,” Left said about doing his first live-reads. “I said to myself, ‘Is this it? This is fun!”
Those live-reads led to Left traveling the country and working at various stations throughout his 50-year career. He worked in New York City, Portsmouth, Columbus, Philadelphia, and Fargo.
Eventually, he returned to WDAY for a second time, working in sales, production, and as an on-air personality alongside Bonnie & Friends.
“I’m lucky enough to have 27 advertising awards, I’ve been published 23 times nationally…” Left said. “…I thought it was time, and so that is why I decided to retire.”
Beginning Monday, October 2, Jace Denman will join Bonnie & Friends as Bonnie’s new co-host.
KQED Promotes Ernesto Aguilar to Executive Role
Since joining the radio station in 2021, Aguilar has been Director of Radio Programming.
News/talk KQED in San Francisco is promoting Ernesto Aguilar to Executive Director of Radio Programming and Content DEI. Since joining the radio station in 2021, Aguilar has been Director of Radio Programming.
Aguilar reacted to his promotion on X, formerly Twitter, and shed light on details of what the new role that he’s taking over will consist of.
“Happy to share that my role at @KQED is growing,” Aguilar wrote. “I’m now Executive Director of Radio Programming and Content DEI. In addition to the exciting broadcasts we do, I’ll also now oversee diversity, equity and inclusion initiatives in the Content division.
“I’ll work closely with our Chief DEI Officer and teams to ensure our internal culture and our programming authentically serves the diverse Bay Area community we cherish. I’ll also be implementing annual Content DEI plans.”
Before joining KQED and heading to the Bay Area, Aguilar was Executive Director of the National Federation of Community Broadcasters and worked in Houston’s public radio scene. Furthermore, he thanked his boss, Holly Kernan, for entrusting him with the new role.
“Sincere thanks to @KQEDKernan, my boss, for her dedication and leadership on diversity issues,” Aguilar added. “Her support for devoting resources within Content is invaluable and a step I hope other organizations learn from.
Chris Hayes Taking Podcast on Road with Live Tour
Joy Reid will join Hayes while the tour is in Philadelphia. Meanwhile, Rachel Maddow is the guest for the New York stop.
MSNBC’s Chris Hayes is taking his Why Is This Happening? podcast on tour, as he’ll be hosting three live shows in Chicago, Philadelphia, and New York. Hayes has already made a stop in Austin, but the bulk of the tour is getting underway.
Hayes’ tour this fall will begin on Oct. 9 in Chicago, then head to Philadelphia on Oct. 16, and conclude in New York on Nov. 12. Furthermore, the MSNBC host won’t be alone, as he’ll guest, including some from his network.
Joy Reid will join Hayes while the tour is in Philadelphia; meanwhile, Rachel Maddow is the guest for the New York stop.
The All In host was recently in the news after it was announced that Inside with Jen Psaki will take over the Monday 8 p.m. time slot of Hayes’ show, with the change beginning on Sept. 25.
Nonetheless, Hayes will still anchor his show Tuesday through Friday, and Psaki will continue in her Sunday time slot at noon.