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June 19, 2017
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Megyn Kelly's interview with Infowars founder Alex Jones on Sunday night tanked in the ratings, even as the program generally received positive reviews from CNN, The New York Times, and The Associated Press. Nielsen data shows that more people ultimately decided to spend their Sunday evening watching the U.S. Open golf championship or a rerun of America's Funniest Home Videos than Sunday Night with Megyn Kelly, Variety reports.

The program received the worst ratings since Kelly moved to NBC News. Her previous two episodes of Sunday Night averaged a 0.7 rating with adults 18-49, or about 4.9 million viewers. With Jones on the program, Kelly received a 0.5 average and 3.5 million viewers. For some context: Kelly's Jones interview did about the same in the demographic as a 60 Minutes rerun.

Read more about how Kelly's interview went over with the media here at The Week. Jeva Lange

June 14, 2017
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The controversy over Megyn Kelly's decision to interview Sandy Hook denier and Infowars founder Alex Jones has reached the inside of 30 Rock, where Page Six reports NBC is holding "crisis meetings about how to handle the backlash."

The New York Post's famous gossip section, which Mediaite describes as having "a pretty good history of getting things right," quoted NBC insiders who say the whole situation is "a s—t show. No one wants to withstand a whole week of criticism over this. There are a number of people who want to pull the interview."

Kelly has responded to the criticism, claiming her interview, which would air next Sunday, was done in the interest of learning "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?" She added that she finds his theories "as personally revolting as every other rational person does."

For the time being, though, an NBC insider told Page Six "there's been a lot of confusion, but as of now, they are not pulling the interview." Jeva Lange

June 13, 2017

NBC host Megyn Kelly says that she is broadcasting her interview with Alex Jones, the notorious conspiracist, on Father's Day because President Trump has appeared on and praised Jones' Infowars and given his outlet White House press credentials, so her job is to "shine a light" on him. Her choice of subjects has sparked a sizable backlash on social media, especially given Jones' continued questioning of whether any school kids were actually murdered at Sandy Hook Elementary School in a 2012 shooting rampage (20 of them were, along with six adults).

And now, The Wall Street Journal reports, the Infowars exposé has cost Kelly's show and network at least one big advertiser, J.P. Morgan Chase, which has asked that its local TV ads and digital ads be removed from Sunday Night with Megyn Kelly and all NBC news shows until after Kelly's Alex Jones interview airs on Sunday. Kristin Lemkau, J.P. Morgan's chief marketing officer, explained why:

The New York Daily News was more direct:

Jones is also asking that the interview be spiked, accusing Kelly of distorting his well-documented views on Sandy Hook. Parents of children murdered at the school blame Jones for promoting the conspiracy theory that the shooting was a government hoax, saying his acolytes have been encouraged to troll them. Peter Weber

June 12, 2017

NBC News' Megyn Kelly is facing massive outcry after promoting her upcoming interview with Infowars' Alex Jones, Reliable Sources reports. Critics say Jones — a conspiracy theory peddler who believes that 9/11 was an inside job and the Sandy Hook massacre was a government hoax — should not be given the platform or airtime to defend his beliefs.

"We talked controversies and conspiracies," Kelly says in a teaser for what will be the third episode of her new program, Sunday Night with Megyn Kelly, airing next Sunday. The teaser includes Kelly pressing Jones about his belief that Sandy Hook was faked:

Nelba Márquez-Greene, whose daughter, Ana Grace, 6, was killed along with 25 others in Newtown in 2012, tweeted her criticism of Kelly for having Jones on the show:

Others also voiced their fury over Jones appearing on the program:

"Kelly's goal here is to legitimize Alex Jones," added The New Republic's Jeet Heer. "The question is: Why?" Jeva Lange