In an unusual attack on a former employer, NBC host Megyn Kelly used her morning show Monday to denounce her former Fox News colleague Bill O'Reilly and the cable network where she used to work.

Kelly's remarks came after the New York Times reported Saturday that O'Reilly paid Lis Wiehl, a former Fox News legal analyst, $32 million to settle sexual harassment allegations shortly before O'Reilly's contract was renewed in February. O'Reilly was fired in April.

A statement posted on O'Reilly's website Saturday described the article as a "smear piece."

"I spent this weekend on the phone nonstop, talking to many women at Fox News and otherwise, who are deeply disturbed over the latest New York Times report," Kelly said at the start of her show, "Megyn Kelly Today."

Kelly said she had complained to her bosses about O'Reilly's behavior after she had accused former Fox chief executive Roger Ailes of sexual harassment.

She said that "the abuse of women, the shaming of them, the threatening, the retaliation, the silencing of them after the fact — it has to stop."

Hawking's thesis now available online

Cambridge University has put Stephen Hawking's doctoral thesis online, triggering such interest that it crashed the university's website. Completed in 1966 when Hawking was 24, "Properties of Expanding Universes" explores ideas about the origins of the universe that have resonated through the scientist's career. Hawking said he hoped making his thesis available to all would "inspire people around the world to look up at the stars and not down at their feet; to wonder about our place in the universe and to try and make sense of the cosmos."

Engaged: Actor John Stamos picked "the happiest place on Earth" to get engaged over the weekend. The 54-year-old Stamos announced his engagement to 31-year-old actress Caitlin McHugh on social media, writing: "I asked … she said yes! … And we lived happily ever after." Stamos' publicist said the star proposed at Disneyland after showing McHugh a montage of romantic scenes from Disney films. The couple then had dinner with their families at a restaurant in the theme park.

Her story: ABC News said Ashley Judd will sit down with anchor Diane Sawyer for her first television interview since the actress-activist went public with sexual harassment allegations against movie executive Harvey Weinstein. The interview will air Thursday on ABC News platforms including "Good Morning America," "World News Tonight with David Muir" and "Nightline."

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