(CNN) — Megyn Kelly took her public feud with Jane Fonda to a new level on Monday, after the actress slammed the NBC host for her “inappropriate” question during a segment that aired in September.

Fonda, who was at the Sundance Film Festival in Utah, sat down for an interview with Variety to talk about the documentary, “Jane Fonda in Five Acts.” She addressed the hype around a viral interview from September, when Kelly asked Fonda about her thoughts on plastic surgery.

“I was stunned [by the plastic surgery question],” Fonda told Variety in a Q&A that was published on Saturday. “It was so inappropriate. It showed that she’s not that good an interviewer.”

As to whether Fonda would ever appear on Kelly’s show again, the actress said yes, but only “if she comes around and learns her stuff, sure.”

Kelly reacted to Fonda’s criticism on her show, “Megyn Kelly Today,” on Monday.

“It’s time to address the poor-me routine,” Kelly said. “First, some context. Fonda was on to promote a film about aging. For years she has spoken openly about her joy in giving a cultural face to older women.”

Megyn Kelly (Photo by Nathan Congleton/Getty Images)
Jane Fonda (Photo by Axelle/Bauer-Griffin/FilmMagic)

Kelly went on to say that she doesn’t need advice from Fonda.

“But I have no regrets about the question,” Kelly said. “Nor am I in the market for a lesson from Jane Fonda on what is and is not appropriate. After all, this is a woman whose name is synonymous with outrage.”

The viral moment between Kelly and Fonda took place in September when the former Fox News host asked Fonda about the “work” she’s had done. Fonda appeared on Kelly’s show with Robert Redford to promote their film, “Our Souls at Night.”

“You’ve been an example to everyone in how to age beautifully and with strength and unapologetically,” Kelly said to Fonda at the time. “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 say you’ve had work done. Why not?”

Fonda responded after a pause and then changed the subject back to her movie: “Good attitude, good posture. I 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.”

But Kelly on Monday not only defended her interview with Fonda, but questioned the actress’ patriotism.

“By the way she still says she’s not proud of America,” Kelly said. “So, the moral indignation is a little much. She put her plastic surgery out there. She said she wanted to discuss the plight of older women in America. And honestly she has no business lecturing anyone on what qualifies as offensive.”

Fonda courted controversy during a 1972 visit to North Vietnam, where she met with and posed for pictures with the Viet Cong at an anti-aircraft gun site. She denounced “US imperialism” on Viet Cong radio, earning her the nickname “Hanoi Jane.” Fonda publicly apologized for her actions in a 20/20 interview in 1988.

“Look at her treatment of our military during the Vietnam war, many of our veterans still call her ‘Hanoi Jane’ thanks to her radio broadcasts which attempted to shame American troops,” Kelly said on Monday. “She posed on an anti-aircraft gun used to shoot down our pilots.”

CNN has reached out to Fonda’s representative for comment.

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Comments (5)
  1. Kelly is a nobody and just envious of people who made a difference. Jane Fonda is a great American hero who honored millions of us who opposed the imperial invasion of Vietnam based on lies. Fonda was right then and she’s right now. I heard her speak twice at Universities I attended. Vietnam was the end of our credibility as a “world policeman”, a euphemism for wars of aggression.

  2. Ja Paul says:

    …..“Look at her treatment of our military during the Vietnam war, many of our veterans still call her ‘Hanoi Jane’ thanks to her radio broadcasts which attempted to shame American troops,”….. That comment is way out of line irregardless of the plastic surgery comment. Kelly, should have just dropped it. You can take the person out of Fox News but, you can’t take the Fox News out of the person. Third rate, journalism at best.

  3. Sql V. Zus says:

    Megyn Kelly is not as good looking as Fonda and she has no class.

  4. What an ignorant little twit. Would somebody start a GoFundMe account to pay Megyn Kelly to go back to college? I can think of nothing so graceless as to bring up a woman’s plastic surgery. If she wants to “empower” other women, she can make that decision, herself. This was supposed to be an interview about a movie. Kelly just used it bruise up Fonda, who is not “synonymous with outrage.” Fonda has spent a lifetime making some of the best movies ever made – including The China Syndrome, On Golden Pond, 9 to 5 and Agnes of God. Kelly needs to rent Network. She’s the perfect embodiment of all that is wrong in TV journalism.

  5. Yeah, I don’t feel sorry much for Megyn Kelly. I don’t care about plastic surgery (let alone this superficial question on the matter) and I bet neither do the rest of us really. Kelly’s reportage on other hot button issues during her Fox career regarding race and non-conservative social issues is at the very least a mixed bag to put it nicely. Not losing any sleep over Kelly’s tit for tat.

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