Megyn Kelly’s controversial upcoming interview with Sandy Hook elementary school shooting conspiracy theorist Alex Jones has allegedly sent NBC into “crisis talks.”
Ahead of the interview airing as part of Sunday Night with Megyn Kelly on June 18, sources are claiming that NBC weren’t prepared for the backlash Kelly’s sit down with Jones the network has been receiving – which includes sponsors pulling out of advertising with NBC – and has allegedly been contemplating pulling the interview from the schedule.
“It’s a s*** show,” a source told Page Six this week of how NBC have been handing the outcry from viewers and parents of the Sandy Hook victims. “No one wants to withstand a whole week of criticism over this. There are a number of people who want to pull the interview.”
But while some executives are allegedly contemplating cancelling Megyn’s Sandy Hook interview, the outlet revealed that others are determined to keep the sit down on NBC’s Sunday night schedule to keep people talking as they knew that Kelly would be making noise and creating controversy when they hired her earlier this year.
“No one expected sponsors to pull out, but this is why they hired Megyn,” the site reported, revealing that executives were in meetings all day on June 12 to discuss the controversy and backlash. “They expect to lose and gain viewers [over Megyn] and they want the buzz.”
But while reports are claiming that NBC was allegedly sent into “crisis mode” over the Megyn and Sandy Hook drama earlier this week, the outlet added that as of right now there are no plans to cancel Kelly’s interview and pull it from the Sunday night slot despite viewers hitting back in a major way.
However, it’s possible that things could change before Kelly’s latest controversial interview is set to go out on June 18.
Notably, there’s been a whole lot of backlash ever since NBC announced that Kelly would be sitting down with Alex Jones, a conspiracy theorist associated with InfoWars who claims the horrific Sandy Hook elementary school shooting of 2012 that left 20 children and six adults dead was actually a hoax and used to lobby stricter gun laws in the U.S.
For her part, Megyn issued a statement regarding the backlash on social media on June 13.
Speaking out about the controversy via her official Twitter account, Kelly called Alex’s conspiracy claims “revolting” shortly after it was reported that JPMorgan Chase had pulled its commercials from NBC in protest over her impending Sandy Hook interview.
“Our goal in sitting down with him was to shine a light — as journalists are supposed to do — on this influential figure,” Megyn wrote on her Twitter account of sitting down with Jones, adding that her aim was “to discuss the considerable falsehoods he has prompted with near impunity” with the Sandy Hook conspiracy theorist.
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