The NBC-owned station WVIT in Connecticut will not air Megyn Kelly’s interview with Alex Jones, TheWrap has learned.
The station serves the region of Connecticut that includes Newtown, the town where the mass shooting at Sandy Hook Elementary took place in 2012. In an internal memo, the station objected to the “Info Wars” host’s previous claims that the shooting — which left 28 people dead, including 20 children — was a hoax orchestrated using actors.
“Over the last few days, we have listened intently to Sandy Hook parents, our viewers and importantly, to you. We have considered the deep emotions from the wounds of that day that have yet to heal,” the memo read. “Because those wounds are understandably still so raw, we have decided not to air this week’s episode of ‘Sunday Night With Megyn Kelly.’”
Kelly first came under fire when NBC previewed a portion of the upcoming interview with Jones last Sunday night. Critics immediately expressed concern that NBC was giving the conspiracy theorist a platform.
During the 97-second preview, Jones calls the attacks of Sept. 11 an “inside job,” questions the legitimacy of the shootings at Sandy Hook and says, “Thirty years ago, they began creating animal-human hybrids. Isn’t that the big story Megyn Kelly should be doing?”
Kelly later took to Twitter to defend the situation, writing that she finds Jones’ suggestion that Sandy Hook was a hoax “as personally revolting as every other rational person.” She explained that she wanted to feature him on the program to “shine a light” on his views given his relationship to President Donald Trump, who has appeared on Jones’ show in the past.