Megyn Kelly Loses Hosting Gig For Interviewing Alex Jones, Advertiser Drops NBC

Megyn Kelly has lost one of her hosting gigs as part of the wave of backlash she’s received for allowing Alex Jones — a popular conspiracy theorist who believes the 2012 Sandy Hook massacre was a hoax — to appear on her show.

Following the announcement of Alex Jones’s interview, due out on June 18, several family members of the Sandy Hook Elementary victims have spoken out against her. And now, as of June 12, Megyn Kelly will no longer be hosting Sandy Hook Promise Champions Gala.

“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,” said Nicole Hockley, co-founder, and managing director.

People also reports that in addition to Megyn losing out on this hosting gig, NBC has lost out on one of their advertisers. JP Morgan has pulled their advertisements from NBC until after Jones’ interview has aired.

Kristin Lemkau, J.P. Morgans’ chief marketing officer, shared her disgust for NBC’s decision to air the interview via Twitter.

“As an advertiser, I’m repulsed that @megynkelly would give a second of airtime to someone who says Sandy Hook and Aurora are hoaxes. Why?” wrote Kristin on Monday.

Ironically, the grieving parents aren’t the only people who are unhappy with Megyn Jones. The figure at the center of the fallout doesn’t even want the interview aired.

On June 12, Alex Jones posted a video to this Twitter account, urging Megyn Kelly and NBC to prevent his interview from airing.

In his opinion, he believes that his views on the Sandy Hook massacre are being misrepresented.

Megyn Kelly visiting me in Austin, TX at the studio. #infowars #alexjones

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During the video, Alex Jones broke down the fact that while the mainstream media likes to report he said the deaths were faked and that no one actually died that day, that isn’t an accurate representation of how he feels.

Hope everyone has an amazing Memorial Day weekend! #infowars #alexjones

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According to the video, Jones does believe that 27 children and one adult actually died in Aurora on December 14, 2012. However, he believes that the media “exacerbated” the situation in order to garner sympathy from the public as a means to restrict American citizens’ gun rights.

Apparently, Alex Jones was hesitant to even do the sit-down interview with Megyn Kelly. When he received the initial call, the interview was sold to him as a profile on his life. However, he says that he knew that NBC and Megyn Kelly wanted to zero in on his views about Sandy Hook and 9/11 in an attempt to delegitimize his claims.

Later in the video, Jones said that he actually agreed with the parents’ outrage that his interview was going to be aired on Father’s Day. He believes that NBC purposefully scheduled the interview’s air date on Father’s Day because he is a father himself.

By airing his interview where he questions the validity of the massacre on Father’s Day, Alex Jones believes that it will only further demonize fathers in America.

That said, Alex Jone’s interview with Megyn Kelly is still scheduled to air as of this writing. Today, Kelly took to her Twitter account and issued a statement defending her decision to allow Jones on her show.

“I find Alex Jones’s suggestion that Sandy Hook was ‘a hoax’ as personally revolting as every other rational person does,” Kelly said. “It left me, and many other Americans, asking the very question that prompted the 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,” she continued. “Out 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 prompted with near impunity.”

You can read Megyn Kelly’s full statement below.

What do you think about Megyn Kelly and NBC’s decision to go forward with Alex Jones’ interview? Do you think that it’s disrespectful to the families of the Sandy Hook victims? You can sound off in the comments section below.

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