Amid pressure from families of Sandy Hook shooting victims to cancel Megyn Kelly’s Sunday interview with conspiracy theorist Alex Jones, NBC has been holding crisis meetings to devise a strategy to address the backlash.
According to Page Six, NBC staff attended meetings all day Monday.
One source claimed, “It’s 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.”
Another source contended that the network needs the controversy to attract new viewers to their Sunday night programming. “No one expected sponsors to pull out, but this is why they hired Megyn. They expect to lose and gain viewers and they want the buzz.”
Debate continues over whether to broadcast Kelly’s interview. But at Tuesday’s Mirror Awards, NBC News Chairman Andy Lack was overheard telling fellow journalists that the interview will air.
“There’s been a lot of confusion, but as of now, they are not pulling the interview,” another source claimed.
On Tuesday, Kelly released a statement regarding the backlash. “I find Alex Jones’ suggestion that Sandy Hook was ‘a hoax’ as personally revolting as every other rational person does. 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?”
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