Megyn Kelly’s upcoming interview with radio host and conspiracy theorist Alex Jones has already been creating quite a stir. The interview will air on NBC‘s Sunday Night with Megyn Kelly on Sunday, June 18 at 7:00 p.m. ET.
Megyn Kelly has received criticism for her decision to interview the controversial Jones, especially from families of victims from Sandy Hook Elementary School shooting, which Jones has said was “synthetic, completely fake with actors,” according to BBC.
Here you go @megynkelly – her name is Ana Grace Márquez-Greene. Say her name- stare at this & tell me it’s worth it… twitter.com/i/web/status/8…—
Nelba Márquez-Greene (@Nelba_MG) June 12, 2017
J.P. Morgan Chase & Co. has asked for its local TV ads and digital ads to be removed from Kelly’s show and all NBC news programming until after the show airs, according to The Wall Street Journal.
Megyn Kelly was scheduled host Sandy Hook Promise’s annual Promise Champions Gala on Wednesday, June 14, but her appearance has been canceled due to her interview with Jones. Sandy Hook Promise released the following statement regarding the cancellation:
Sandy Hook Promise cannot support the decision by Megyn or NBC to give any form of voice or platform to Alex Jones and have asked Megyn Kelly to step down as our Promise Champion Gala host. It is our Hope that Megyn and NBC reconsider and not broadcast this interview.
Megyn Kelly released a statement defending her decision to interview Jones:
I understand and respect the decision of the event organizers but I’m of course disappointed that I won’t be there to support them on Wednesday night. I find Alex Jones’ suggestion that Sandy Hook was “a hoax” as personally revolting as every other rational person does. It left me, and many other Americans, asking the very question that prompted this interview: How does Jones, who traffics in these outrageous conspiracy theories, have the respect of the president of the United States and a growing audience of millions? President Trump, by praising and citing him, appearing on his show, and giving him White House press credentials, has helped elevate Jones, to the alarm of many. Our goal in sitting down with him was to shine a light – as journalists are supposed to do – on this influential figure, and yes – to discuss the considerable falsehoods he has promoted with near impunity.