LOS ANGELES (AP) Conspiracy theorist Alex Jones says he'll release an unedited version of his controversial interview with Megyn Kelly set to air Sunday on NBC. In a statement released Tuesday on Twitter, Kelly cited President Donald Trump's past praise for Jones when justifying her decision to conduct the interview. In an internal memo obtained by The Associated Press, NBC Connecticut staff members were told station executives made the decision after listening to concerns from employees, Sandy Hook families and viewers and considering "the deep emotions from the wounds of that day that have yet to heal".
Kelly interviewed Jones for her news program Sunday Night with Megyn Kellyas she claims to "discuss the considerable falsehoods he has promoted with near impunity".
The station serves the region of CT that includes Newtown, the town where the mass shooting at Sandy Hook Elementary took place in 2012. In the leaked audio, Kelly assured Jones he would have a chance to review the interview before it aired, telling him he could "personally look at any clips we want to use of you". Jones, who is the operator of the website InfoWars, has come under fire for claiming that the school shooting was a hoax, and that the victims-20 of whom were children-were played by actors.
During the 97-second preview, Jones calls the attacks of September 11 an "inside job", questions the legitimacy of the shootings at Sandy Hook and says, "Thirty years ago, they began creating animal-human hybrids".
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"The group can not support Kelly or NBC's decision to give a platform to Jones and hopes NBC reconsiders its plan to broadcast the interview", said Nicole Hockley, co-founder and managing director.
NBC Connecticut is committed to giving the Sandy Hook families a voice, today, tomorrow and in the future. Kelly was also dropped as the host of an annual gala put on by a nonprofit group founded by parents of some of the children who were killed. "Because those wounds are understandably still so raw, we have decided not to air this week's episode of 'Sunday Night With Megyn Kelly'".