Megyn Kelly spars with ABC news analyst after he says she should 'fade away' and enjoy her NBC payout

Tensions between major news organizations are coming to a boil, and it seems no brand will escape unscathed.

Megyn Kelly, who rose to prominence on Fox News before making a short-lived jump to NBC, exchanged sharp words this weekend with ABC News' chief political analyst in a heated Twitter back-and-forth.

The testy conversation unfolded a few days after Kelly made her return to Fox News to appear on Tucker Carlson's program, where she called for an independent investigation into NBC's handling of the Matt Lauer fiasco.

Matthew Dowd wrote the initial message that drew Kelly's ire: "I really don’t want to hear from either Matt Lauer or Megyn Kelly," Dowd mused in a since-deleted tweet. "Can’t they just fade away and enjoy their large pot of money." (After her show was yanked from the NBC lineup in October 2018, Kelly still managed to walk away with her full $69 million contract payout.)

That sentiment didn't sit well with Kelly, who icily replied, "Yes, I could just sit back and 'enjoy my money,' but instead I've chosen to speak up for women being harassed and abused who have been muzzled by NDAs. Sorry you find that so annoying."

Dowd countered that Kelly seems to have much more contempt for NBC than Fox News, which has its own well-documented history of sexual harassment and misconduct toward women.

Dowd was referring to Fox's questionable history of handling workplace sexism: The network has been home to multiple alleged perpetrators, including Bill O'Reilly (whose contract was renewed even after he shelled out $32 million to settle one of multiple sexual harassment suits) and Eric Bolling (whose lewd behavior led to his ouster after 10 years on the air).

Kelly replied that there is a "whole movie about me standing up for the women at Fox" — the upcoming film "Bombshell," in which Kelly is played by Charlize Theron —and added, "By the way, I devoted an entire chapter of my book to the harassment scandal at Fox and discussed it on virtually every network. It was a NYT #1 Best Seller. You should read it!"

Although the initial targets of the exchange were Fox News and NBC, ABC also took a few hits after Dowd said his network's credibility trumps Fox's. While that type of comment would typically go unchallenged, ABC is currently under scrutiny for inexplicably broadcasting video footage of a Kentucky gun range and labeling it as violence in Syria. CNN made a point of calling out the error on Sunday.

Here's hoping that at least CBS will be able to sit this one out.

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NEW YORK, NY - MAY 24: Megyn Kelly (R) and Douglas Brunt attend New York Philharmonic's Spring Gala, A John Williams Celebration at David Geffen Hall on May 24, 2016 in New York City. (Photo by Kevin Mazur/Getty Images for New York Philharmonic)
NEW YORK, NY - MAY 24: Alec Baldwin, Hilaria Thomas Baldwin, Megyn Kelly and Douglas Brunt attend New York Philharmonic's Spring Gala, A John Williams Celebration at David Geffen Hall on May 24, 2016 in New York City. (Photo by Kevin Mazur/Getty Images for New York Philharmonic)
LOUISVILLE, KY - MAY 07: Novelist Douglas Brunt (L) and Fox News reporter Megyn Kelly attend the 142nd Kentucky Derby at Churchill Downs on May 07, 2016 in Louisville, Kentucky. (Photo by Frazer Harrison/Getty Images for Churchill Downs)
LOUISVILLE, KY - MAY 07: Novelist Douglas Brunt, journalist Megyn Kelly, Dannielynn Birkhead, and Larry Birkhead are seen around the 142nd Kentucky Derby at Churchill Downs on May 7, 2016 in Louisville, Kentucky. (Photo by Frazer Harrison/Getty Images for Churchill Downs)
NEW YORK, NY - MAY 02: Megyn Kelly (L) and Douglas Brunt attend 'Manus x Machina: Fashion in an Age of Technology' Costume Institute Gala at Metropolitan Museum of Art on May 2, 2016 in New York City. (Photo by Michael Stewart/WireImage)
NEW YORK, NY - MAY 02: Douglas Brunt (L) and Megyn Kelly attend the 'Manus x Machina: Fashion In An Age Of Technology' Costume Institute Gala at Metropolitan Museum of Art on May 2, 2016 in New York City. (Photo by Larry Busacca/Getty Images)
WASHINGTON, DC - APRIL 30: Douglas Brunt and Megyn Kelly attend the Bloomberg & Vanity Fair cocktail reception following the 2015 WHCA Dinner at the residence of the French Ambassador on April 30, 2016 in Washington, DC. (Photo by Dimitrios Kambouris/VF16/WireImage)
WASHINGTON, DC - APRIL 30: Douglas Brunt and Megyn Kelly attend the 102nd White House Correspondents' Association Dinner on April 30, 2016 in Washington, DC. (Photo by Larry Busacca/Getty Images)
NEW YORK, NEW YORK - APRIL 06: (L-R) Douglas Brunt, Megyn Kelly and Lloyd Grove attend The Hollywood Reporter's 5th Annual 35 Most Powerful People in New York Media on April 6, 2016 in New York City. (Photo by Neilson Barnard/Getty Images for Hollywood Reporter )
BEVERLY HILLS, CA - FEBRUARY 28: Douglas Brunt and Megyn Kelly attend the 2016 Vanity Fair Oscar Party Hosted By Graydon Carter at Wallis Annenberg Center for the Performing Arts on February 28, 2016 in Beverly Hills, California. (Photo by Karwai Tang/WireImage)
BEVERLY HILLS, CA - FEBRUARY 28: (EXCLUSIVE ACCESS, SPECIAL RATES APPLY) Douglas Brunt and Megyn Kelly attend the 2016 Vanity Fair Oscar Party Hosted By Graydon Carter at the Wallis Annenberg Center for the Performing Arts on February 28, 2016 in Beverly Hills, California. (Photo by Kevin Mazur/VF16/WireImage)
BEVERLY HILLS, CA - FEBRUARY 28: (EXCLUSIVE ACCESS, SPECIAL RATES APPLY) (L-R) Novelist Douglas Brunt, journalist Megyn Kelly, actor Bob Balaban, writer/producer Matthew Weiner and Linda Brettler attend the 2016 Vanity Fair Oscar Party Hosted By Graydon Carter at the Wallis Annenberg Center for the Performing Arts on February 28, 2016 in Beverly Hills, California. (Photo by Jeff Vespa/VF16/WireImage)
BEVERLY HILLS, CA - FEBRUARY 28: Novelist Douglas Brunt (L) and journalist Megyn Kelly arrive at the 2016 Vanity Fair Oscar Party Hosted by Graydon Carter at the Wallis Annenberg Center for the Performing Arts on February 28, 2016 in Beverly Hills, California. (Photo by David Livingston/Getty Images)
NEW YORK, NY - FEBRUARY 18: (L-R) Journalist Mark Leibovich, Douglas Brunt, journalist Megyn Kelly, and journalist Jim Rutenberg attend The New York Times Magazine Relaunch Event on February 18, 2015 in New York City. (Photo by Michael Loccisano/Getty Images)
NEW YORK, NY - FEBRUARY 18: Douglas Brunt and journalist Megyn Kelly attend The New York Times Magazine Relaunch Event on February 18, 2015 in New York City. (Photo by Neilson Barnard/Getty Images)
NEW YORK, NY - APRIL 29: Writer Douglas Brunt (L) and Honoree Megyn Kelly attend the TIME 100 Gala, TIME's 100 most influential people in the world, at Jazz at Lincoln Center on April 29, 2014 in New York City. (Photo by Larry Busacca/Getty Images for TIME)
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