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Hughley was on ‘The Kelly File’ to discuss police shootings on Wednesday
Interview became heated as he and host Megyn Kelly disagreed on points
Actor called the network out for catering to its largely conservative views
‘I’m insulted by the things I hear on this network,’ Hughley told Kelly
Megyn Kelly was left stunned after actor and comedian D.L Hughley blasted Fox News for being racist as the pair took part in an explosive row live on air.
The pair had been discussing the death of Philando Castile in Falcon Heights, Minnesota, on Wednesday’s broadcast of ‘The Kelly File.’
Hughley started his interview by saying he was not aware that Mark Fuhrman, the police officer convicted of perjury for claiming he had never used the racial epithets against black people while testifying in the OJ Simpson murder trial.
But Hughley’s discussion with Kelly heated up as the pair disagreed over the findings in the investigation into the death of teenager Michael Brown in Ferguson, Missouri, in 2014.
A frustrated Hughley blasted the conservative network, sarcastically stating: ‘The only place that racism doesn’t exist is Fox News and the police department.
‘That’s absolutely true.’
‘That’s insulting,’ a shocked Kelly replied. ‘You just insulted millions of people watching this channel.’
Hughley responded: ‘Well, I’m insulted by the things I hear on this network. So we’re even.’
Calling out the network for catering to its largely conservative viewer base, he added: ‘I could care less about insulting people that insult me on a daily basis.’
The conversation calmed down when Kelly conceded that white people do perceive interactions with police differently than black people – but insisted that the term racism shouldn’t be thrown out before it’s proven.
‘I believe there’s a benefit of the doubt that’s given to police officers that’s not given to anybody else,’ Hughley said.
Citing a 2006 FBI report that said police departments were rife with white supremacists, Hughley added: ‘So why wouldn’t I believe if I know that?
‘I don’t know a black man that hasn’t had a run-in with a police officer, from the highest to the low.
‘So my perception of this is based on the experience that I’ve had, just like yours are. So I am not willing to give them the benefit of the doubt.’
At this point, Kelly remarked: ‘It’s very dangerous when you get to the point where you paint an entire group with the same brush based on the bad actions of a few people.’
Noting the irony in the comment, Hughley said: ‘That is amazing to hear on this network, that really is.’
Kelly interrupted and ended the interview before Hughley was able to finish.
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