Megyn Kelly has had a rough go in her new gig at NBC.
The former Fox News host came under heavy criticism for her interview with Vladimir Putin. And now, an advertiser has announced it will be pulling its ads from an upcoming show featuring conspiracy theorist Alex Jones.
Next Sunday, I sit down with conservative radio host @RealAlexJones to discuss controversies and conspiracies #SundayNight June 18 on NBC pic.twitter.com/7bVz6Fobf5
— Megyn Kelly (@megynkelly) June 11, 2017
J.P. Morgan Chase & Co. has asked that all its ads for local TV and digital programming be removed from Kelly’s show and NBC until after the show airs, the Wall St. Journal reported.
Kristin Lemakau, JP. Morgan’s chief marketing officer, fired off against Kelly for hosting Jones, who is the founder of popular website Infowars and has called the Sandy Hook massacre a “hoax.”
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As an advertiser, I'm repulsed that @megynkelly would give a second of airtime to someone who says Sandy Hook and Aurora are hoaxes. Why? https://t.co/luwyCwP7Ti
— Kristin Lemkau (@KLemkau) June 12, 2017
In a preview of the interview that is set to air Sunday night, Jones seemed to soften his position on Sandy Hook, saying he’s played Devil’s advocate and taken both sides to get to the bottom of what actually happened.
When Kelly pressed him for saying parents had faked their children’s death, Jones “dodged” the accusation.
“But they don’t get angry about half-a-million dead Iraqis from the sanctions,” Jones said.
The mother of one of the children tragically killed in the school shooting tweeted a picture of her daughter, asking Kelly if it was “worth it.”
Here you go @megynkelly – her name is Ana Grace Márquez-Greene. Say her name- stare at this & tell me it's worth it. @nbc #SandyHook pic.twitter.com/mKrU63KWmA
— Nelba Márquez-Greene, LMFT (@Nelba_MG) June 12, 2017
Kelly defended her position, by saying President Trump is a fan of Alex Jones, and people have right to know who he is.
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. https://t.co/5e88BJyqnz
— Megyn Kelly (@megynkelly) June 12, 2017
But Kelly’s tweet didn’t do much to quell the growing anger over Jones’ appearance. Chelsea Clinton was one of the many who retweeted the grieving mother’s tweet and took a major jab at Kelly of her own, including this tweet:
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There is no justification for amplifying lies (or a liar), particularly about unimaginable tragedy. I hope no parent, no person watches this https://t.co/nSt1MGGM2U
— Chelsea Clinton (@ChelseaClinton) June 12, 2017
J.P. Morgan may be the first advertiser to pull out from the interview, but Jones himself is trying to do the same.
In a tweet, Jones asked that the interview be pulled, saying he was misrepresented and the interview was selectively edited.
Kelly also managed to infuriate conservatives, when she teased the interview with Jones, calling him a “conservative” radio host.
It doesn’t look like Kelly’s new gig will get easier anytime soon.
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