Infowars host Alex Jones has released a secret recording of him talking to Megyn Kelly – and has vowed to air unedited audio of their controversial interview before it airs on Sunday night.
Jones says he suspected Kelly and NBC would misrepresent him in the TV special over his claims that the massacre at Sandy Hook Elementary School in 2012 – where 20 children were shot dead – was a hoax.
The controversial radio host says he feels that the network is purposely making him look crazy and has asked to cancel the segment.
Upon refusal, Jones revealed he recorded conversations with Kelly, including pre-interviews, and would air them.
‘Tonight at Infowars.com, we’re going to have the full behind-the-scenes with Megyn Kelly released,’ he said in a video on Thursday.
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Alex Jones, the host of Infowars, says he is planning to release his own behind-the-scenes footage of his interview with Megyn Kelly before NBC airs the piece on Sunday night
Jones says he suspected Kelly and NBC would misrepresent him in the TV special over his claims Sandy Hook massacre was a hoax (Jones above in a preview for Sunday night’s episode)
Kelly, 46, has been under fire all week for her upcoming interview with Inforwars’ Alex Jones, who has called the Sandy Hook shooting a hoax in the past (above in preview for Sunday)
In the preview of her interview with Jones, the NBC News host demands to know how he can declare something like Sandy Hook a hoax given the loss of young lives and parents who are still grieving for their children.
‘Oh I know, but they don’t get angry about the half-million dead Iraqis from the sanctions…’ starts Jones before he is cut off by Kelly and accused of dodging her question.
‘The media doesn’t cover all the evil wars…’ begins Jones, who again is cut-off by Kelly.
‘That doesn’t excuse the things you said about Newtown, you know that,’ states the host, who actually traveled to Texas to meet with Jones in his own studio.
Over the last several days, Jones has claimed this is bad editing and not what his actual responses to her questions were.
‘It has all the markings of a PR stunt,’ he told The Hollywood Reporter.
‘They just want me to be the devil because I’m the alternative media…Fake news lives at NBC. They basically made me look like a Halloween character.’
But the claims don’t come unfounded.
In 2013, Jones called the shooting ‘staged’ and said: ‘It’s got inside job written all over it.’
In March 2014, Jones said: ‘I’ve looked at it and undoubtedly there’s a cover-up, there’s actors, they’re manipulating, they’ve been caught lying, and they were pre-planning before it and rolled out with it.’
In December 2014, he said on his radio program: ‘The whole thing is a giant hoax.’
Rob Dew, a news director for Infowars, doubled down on Jones’s promise to release the footage, which they say will include the full, unedited interview.
Kelly (pictured on Wednesday) has been under fire ever since Sunday, when she revealed on her news magazine that she would be interviewing Jones, a known conspiracy theorist.
According to Page Six, Kelly is inviting Sandy Hook families on the program and editing her interview with Jones to be tougher on the host, who claims the Sandy Hook massacre was a hoax following the backlash.
Neil Heslin, the father of six-year-old Jesse Lewis, who was slain in the Sandy Hook massacre in Newtown, Connecticut, has reportedly agreed to be interviewed on Kelly’s show.
Kelly herself spoke about the controversy in an interview with The New York Times while defending her decision to bring Jones on her program.
‘What we do as journalists is we shine a light on those with power, those with influence, those who have become culturally relevant,’ she said.
‘Of course, it’s upsetting to know that doing that causes any upset to the Newtown families, many of whom I know well. But I have to do my job.’
According to Page Six , Kelly is inviting Sandy Hook families on the program and editing her interview with Jones to be tougher on the host, who claims the Sandy Hook massacre was a hoax following the backlash.
Caught in the act: Kelly pretended to be chatting on the phone when she was actually looking at photos of celebrities (above)
Kelly has been under fire ever since Sunday, when she revealed on her news magazine that she would be interviewing Jones, a known conspiracy theorist.
On Thursday, however, she finally got a little support from a very unlikely place when CNN president and former NBC boss Jeff Zucker hopped to her defense.
‘I think the issue here is they way that they have thus far presented it has not led to the belief that he’s held to account as much as somebody who spews such hatred and nonsense needs to be,’ said Zucker in an interview with The Hollywood Reporter.
‘If you’re going to do this story the tease needs to be you holding up a picture of the dead kids at Sandy Hook and saying, ‘How dare you?’ And I think their marketing of this has thus far been unfortunate.’
Zucker, who had been hoping to convince Kelly to join the team at CNN when her contract was up, also noted that the new NBC hire is a ‘very good journalist.’
‘As journalists, we don’t get to interview only the good guys — that’s not journalism,’ Kelly told the Times.
‘It’s going to be very difficult for us to keep an eye on the more controversial figures of our time if we never talk to them.’
Kelly said she sat down with Jones to examine ‘his influence and his — for lack of a better term — method for putting information together to figure out how he got to be so important in the president’s world, in millions of people’s world.’
She also stated that currently ‘there are a lot of people who are very angry that Donald Trump is president and a lot of people who believe Alex Jones played a large role in it.’
CNN president Jeff Zucker (above in December) blamed the backlash on bad NBC marketing
Kelly is also dealing with another issue as the second episode of her NBC news magazine tanked in the ratings, losing almost half its audience from the premiere one week prior.
Final Nielsen numbers show that the latest episode of ‘Sunday Night With Megyn Kelly’ pulled in 3.61million total viewers and scored an 0.6 rating in the all-important adults 18-49 demo, which was a slight improvement in the 7pm time slot from the previous year.
It was far, far lower however than the 6.1million viewers and 0.8 rating notched by the premiere, which featured an interview with Russian president Vladimir Putin.
Kelly has been feeling the heat over her decision to interview InfoWars’ host Alex Jones for her Sunday news magazine this week.
Sandy Hook Promise, an organization that was created in memory of the 20 students and six staff members who were massacred in the 2012 school shooting in Newton, Connecticut, announced on Monday that Kelly would no longer host one of their annual Promise Champions Gala,
That announcement came just two days before Kelly was set to take the stage at the event on Wednesday night in Washington DC.
The decision made by the non-profit organization also leaves Kelly with a big gap in her episode that will be airing this Sunday, as she planned to film the gala to run alongside her interview with Jones.
That plan went up in smoke however when she managed to draw the ire of Sandy Hook parents, who lashed out loud and quick as they attacked Kelly for allowing Jones’s ideas to be heard by her audience of six million.
Impressive intro: Over six million viewers tuned into Kelly’s premiere episode with Russian president Vladimir Putin (above)
Disappointing drop: Kelly’s second episode, which featured an interview with Erin Andrews (above), lost half of the audience from the premiere one week prior
Kelly responded to the controversy on Tuesday in a statement, saying she was ‘disappointed’ but also ‘respected the decision’ of the charity.
‘I understand and respect the decision of the event organizers but I’m of course disappointed that I won’t be there to support them on Wednesday night,’ began Kelly in her statement.
‘I find Alex Jones’s suggestion that Sandy Hook was ‘a hoax’ as personally revolting as every other rational person does.’
She then explained: ‘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?’
Kelly then offered theories, stating: ‘President Trump, by praising and citing him, appearing on his show, and giving him White House press credentials, has helped elevate Jones, to the alarm of many.’
‘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,’ said Kelly.
Regardless of the aim, advertisers were not happy, and JP Morgan pulled their spots from the time slot.
Kelly responded to the controversy around her firing from the Sandy Hook gala on Tuesday in a statement, saying she was ‘disappointed’ but also ‘respected the decision’ of the charity (Kelly and Jones above)
Kelly’s visit came on the same day she had been scheduled to host a Sandy Hook gala in Washington DC that she was cut from two days prior (parents Jimmy and Nelba Marquez-Greene in 2014 above)