NBC News’ Megyn Kelly has been fired from hosting a gala organized by Sandy Hook parents because of her upcoming interview with Infowars’ Alex Jones.
Kelly is due to air an interview with Jones on her Sunday news program. However, some Sandy Hook parents are upset because Jones has accused them of faking their children’s deaths.
It appears some Sandy Hook parents are assuming the interview will show a positive portrayal of Jones. Others are upset that Jones is being given a platform at all.
Kelly has responded to the controversy, however, with a tweet containing a statement. “I understand and respect the decision of the event organizers, but I’m of course disappointed,” Kelly says. “I find Alex Jones’s suggestion that Sandy Hook was ‘a hoax’ as personally revolting as every other rational person does. 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.”
Here is the tweet.
Here is my statement regarding Sunday night’s interview: pic.twitter.com/iS2VfyLt6S
— Megyn Kelly (@megynkelly) June 13, 2017
Kelly recently previewed an interview with Jones that is set to air Sunday night. During the interview, she asks him about his apparent denial that the Sandy Hook school massacre, during which shooter Adam Lanza killed 20 children and 6 adults, ever happened.
“When you say parents faked their children’s death, people get very angry,” Kelly said.
Now, the Promise Champions Gala, an annual event for the Sandy Hook Promise Foundation, has asked Kelly to step down from hosting the gun violence prevention event.
“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,” Nicole Hockley, co-founder and managing director, said in a statement. “It is our hope that Megyn and NBC reconsider and not broadcast this interview.”
The event is set to be held in Washington, D.C. on Tuesday.
JP Morgan Chase also announced that it has pulled advertising from NBC News until after the Jones interview airs Sunday night.
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