Megyn Kelly's decision to interview Infowars host and conspiracy theorist Alex Jones has led to her being fired as host of an event dedicated to the memory of the victims of the 2012 mass shooting at Sandy Hook Elementary School that left 20 children dead.
Kelly was slated to host the Promise Champions Gala on June 14. The annual event is put on by the Sandy Hook Promise Foundation, a nonprofit organization that works to prevent gun violence. The organization was founded by family members of some of the children killed at the Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown, Connecticut, on Dec. 14, 2012.
"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, the foundation's co-founder and managing director, said in a statement, according to The Washington Post. "It is our hope that Megyn and NBC reconsider and not broadcast this interview."
Jones has repeatedly denied that a mass shooting took place at Sandy Hook, describing the incident as a government hoax. He made similar comments about the 2012 movie theater shooting in Aurora, Colorado, a massacre that left 12 people dead and dozens more injured. Jones referred to the attack as a "false flag," according to the Daily Mail.
Kelly was hammered on social media after NBC showed a preview of her interview with Jones, which is set to air on June 18.
"My nephew survived Sandy Hook," one person wrote on Twitter, according to HuffPost. "I am not tolerating this. Will never watch [Megyn Kelly] or [NBC News] again if they choose to air this."
Another Twitter user uploaded an image of one of the children killed in the attack, writing: "Here you go [Megyn Kelly] -- her name is Ana Grace Marquez-Greene. Say her name -- stare at this & tell me it's worth it."
Kristin Lemkau, chief marketing officer for JPMorgan Chase, tweeted that she was "repulsed" to learn of the interview.
"As an advertiser, I’m repulsed that [Megyn Kelly] would give a second of airtime to someone who says Sandy Hook and Aurora are hoaxes. Why?" she wrote.
JPMorgan Chase is reportedly pulling all ads from NBC News until after the Jones interview airs.
Jones himself has demanded that Kelly shelve the interview, claiming she misrepresented his views.
"Megyn Kelly lied to me several weeks before she came here, and she said the interview was not going to be about Sandy Hook and the mass shooting there," he said in a YouTube video, according to The Washington Post.
"My listeners questioned it," he continued. "I played devil’s advocate by saying maybe none of it happened and it was all fake. The other side of me believes those parents I’ve seen on TV, and real mass shootings happen, so it probably did happen."
Kelly has released a public statement defending her decision to interview Jones.
"I find Alex Jones's suggestion that Sandy Hook was 'a hoax' as personally revolting as every other rational person does," she said, according to the Daily Mail. "It left me, and many other Americans, asking the very question that prompted this interview: how does Jones, who traffics in these outrageous conspiracy theories, have the respect of the president of the United States and a growing audience of millions?"
"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," Kelly explained.