Megyn Kelly’s interview with the controversial Alex Jones – of conspiracy-floating InfoWars fame – hasn’t even aired, but the NBC News star is already feeling the heat. The Sandy Hook Foundation, begun by families impacted by the terrible shooting at Sandy Hook Elementary School in 2012, has removed Kelly as host of their annual Promise Champions Gala, which is taking place on Wednesday night in Washington, DC.
Jones has gone on record with his belief that the Sandy Hook shooting was a hoax (among his other wild theories), and that has the Sandy Hook Foundation rankled. In a statement, the foundation said:
“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,” said Nicole Hockley, co-Founder and Managing Director. “It is our hope that Megyn and NBC reconsider and not broadcast this interview.”
Kelly, the former Fox News host, has pre-taped the interview with Jones, which is scheduled to air this Sunday on her new NBC show. For the show’s part, producer Liz Cole believes that airing Jones’ views has benefit.
“He’s a controversial figure for sure, but as journalists it’s our job to interview newsmakers and people of influence no matter how abhorrent their views may be,” Cole told CNN’s Dylan Byers in a Monday night exclusive.
“He is someone who is worthy of examination, by sitting down with him, there’s value in that,” she continued.
Is the interview with Jones really as loaded with controversy as the Sandy Hook Foundation fears? Or is the whole thing much ado about nothing? We won’t really know until the program airs, but one thing’s for sure: it’ll be interesting to see if more controversy follows Kelly after the interview.