Megyn Kelly just can’t seem to buy a break. The one-time Fox News darling and host of once-popular primetime show “The Kelly Files” has had an interesting go of things since parting ways with the right-leaning news network and defecting to NBC News. The sailing hasn’t always been smooth.
Accused of departing from hardcore, fact-finding journalism in favor of blatant ratings grabs, Kelly has had sit down interviews with Vladimir Putin and lightening rod Alex Jones – the latter placing her into today’s hot water files.
Kelly’s interview with Jones, the InfoWars conspiracy theorist, has angered families of the victims of the Sandy Hook Elementary School shooting, sent advertisers running for cover and mobilized community action groups. None of which is the kind of attention NBC wants.
From The Hill: “Megyn Kelly will no longer host a gala for the Sandy Hook Promise Foundation after backlash over her upcoming interview with InfoWars conspiracy theorist Alex Jones.
Sandy Hook Promise — which was founded by family members of some of the victims of the 2012 Sandy Hook shooting — announced Monday that Kelly would no longer be hosting the annual Promise Champions Gala scheduled for Wednesday in Washington, D.C.
Kelly is facing backlash for her upcoming interview with Jones, a noted conspiracy theorist who believes the Sandy Hook Elementary school shooting was a hoax and says 9/11 was an inside job.
“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 of the organization said in a statement.
“It is our hope that Megyn and NBC reconsider and not broadcast this interview.”
Liz Cole, the executive producer of Megyn Kelly’s Sunday night NBC News show, said people should wait to judge Kelly’s interview with Jones until it airs this weekend.
“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.”
Advertisers aren’t buying it.
Banking and finance giant JPMorgan Chase has pulled all of its advertisement spots from NBC News until after the pre-recorded interview is aired on June 18th. Causing the parents of murdered children to speak out against your company is never a good thing. With such a heavy weight taking such a strong, public stance it’s likely others will follow suit thus leaving NBC News and Kelly in precarious situations. Removing her as host of a gala is one thing and a thing NBC News has no control over. But NBC does have control over just plain ‘removing her.’ One can’t help but to wonder if enough advertisers dis-invite themselves like Chase has, could Kelly be looking for a third gig in two years?
[Note: This article was written by Derrick Wilburn]