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.”
JPMorgan Chase has pulled local television and online advertisements from the NBC network until after host Megyn Kelly’s interview with Alex Jones airs next Sunday, according to The Wall Street Journal.
The report came hours after Morgan’s chief marketing officer said she was “repulsed” by the network’s decision to air an interview with the Infowars founder.
Kelly defended the interview with Jones, arguing the radio host’s influence with President Trump makes it the network’s job to “shine a light” on him.
“POTUS’s been on & praises @RealAlexJones‘ show. He’s giving Infowars a WH press credential. Many don’t know him; our job is 2 shine a light,” Kelly wrote on Twitter.
— Megyn Kelly (@megynkelly) June 12, 2017
Here is my statement regarding Sunday night’s interview: pic.twitter.com/iS2VfyLt6S
— Megyn Kelly (@megynkelly) June 13, 2017
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.
Kelly, a former Fox News host, has already taped the interview with Jones that will air next week on “Sunday Night with Megyn Kelly,” her new program that debuted on June 4.