During a Q&A with Variety over the weekend, Fonda addressed the awkward interview with Kelly -- which also included the actress' Our Souls at Night co-star, Robert Redford -- admitting that she was displeased with the plastic surgery inquiry.
"It wasn’t like I was upset. I was stunned. It was so inappropriate," she said. "It showed that she’s not that good an interviewer."
On Monday's Megyn Kelly Today, Kelly defended her line of questioning and noted that she hasn't been the only one to ask Fonda about plastic surgery.
"Well, the truth is most older women look nothing like Fonda, who is now 80. And if Fonda really wants to have an honest discussion about older women's cultural face, then her plastic surgery is tough to ignore," Kelly declared on her morning show. "She knows this, and that is why, to her credit, she’s discussed her cosmetic surgery pretty much everywhere before coming on our show."
She added, "Apparently when she came here, however, again to promote her film about aging, I was supposed to discern that this subject was suddenly off-limits."
Kelly went on to declare that she has "no regrets" about asking Fonda about cosmetic procedures, noting that it was her intention to give the star a "chance to empower other women, young and old, on a subject which she purports to know well."
The shade didn't stop there. Kelly went on to tell viewers that she's "not in the market for a lesson from Jane Fonda on what is and is not appropriate," because her "name is synonymous with outrage."
Further calling out Fonda's controversial past, Kelly continued, "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. She posed on an anti-aircraft gun used to shoot down our pilots."
Not holding back, Kelly added, "She called our POW's 'hypocrites and liars' and referred to their torture as understandable. She had to apologize years later for that gun picture, but not for the rest of it."
Kelly concluded, "By the way, she still says she's not proud of America. 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."
As Kelly pointed out, Fonda has spoken about her plastic surgery in the past. In 2015, she told W magazine, "I did have plastic surgery. I'm not proud of the fact that I've had it. But I grew up so defined by my looks. I was taught to think that if I wanted to be loved, I had to be thin and pretty. That leads to a lot of trouble."