The Sandy Hook Promise Foundation announced Monday that Megyn Kelly will no longer serve as the host of their gala following backlash over her upcoming interview with InfoWars conspiracy theorist Alex Jones.
The Sandy Hook Promise Foundation—founded by family members of some of the victims of the 2012 Sandy Hook massacre—is scheduled to hold its annual Promise Champions Gala on Wednesday in Washington, D.C.
Kelly has been criticized for conducting her upcoming interview with Jones, a known conspiracy theorist who contends that the Sandy Hook Elementary school massacre was a hoax and claims that 9/11 was an inside job.
“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, co-Founder and Managing Director of the organization said in a statement.
“It is our hope that Megyn and NBC reconsider and not broadcast this interview.”
Executive producer of “Sunday Night with Megyn Kelly” Liz Cole said that people should reserve judgement regarding the interview until it airs this weekend.
“He’s a controversial figure for sure, but as journalists it’s our job to interview newsmakers and people of influence no matter how abhorrent their views may be,” Cole told CNN.
“He is someone who is worthy of examination, by sitting down with him, there’s value in that,” Cole said.
Kelly’s previously-taped interview with Jones is scheduled to air on Sunday night.
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