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Megyn Kelly's Interview With Sandy Hook Hoaxer Airs Amid Controversy

The Megyn Kelly interview of Alex Jones aired Sunday night on NBC on the "Sunday Night with Megyn Kelly" show.
The Megyn Kelly interview of Alex Jones aired Sunday night on NBC on the "Sunday Night with Megyn Kelly" show. Photo Credit: NBC News screenshots

In Connecticut, the NBC affiliate broadcast an old episode of "George To The Rescue" at 7 p.m. Sunday.

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Did you watch the Megyn Kelly interview with Alex Jones?

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    67%
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But in the Hudson Valley, and the rest of the country, NBC aired "Sunday Night With Megyn Kelly," hosted by the NBC anchor and Westchester resident. The news show opened with a 15-minute interview with Alex Jones, a conspiracy theorist who says the Sandy Hook school massacre was faked.

The broadcast came despite widespread outcry and pleas from the families of the 26 Sandy Hook victims for NBC to pull the show.

"The memories of Sandy Hook are just too pain for the people of Connecticut," Gerry Brooks, the lead anchor at NBC Connecticut, said in explaining why the affiliate did not air the show.

Related story: Sandy Hook charity fires Megyn Kelly as emcee of gala event

The show spelled out the beliefs of Jones, the founder of "InfoWars," with Kelly, saying his views "aren't just offensive, they are dangerous."

"But here's the thing — he's not going away," said Kelly, who lives in Rye. "He has millions of listeners and the ear of the current president."

Kelly said Jones has a pattern of making "reckless accusations," which are then "followed by excuses."

The piece pointed out Jones' relationship with President Donald Trump. "He just calls sometimes," Jones said.

When it came to Sandy Hook, an old video was shown, with Jones saying, "It took me about a year to come to grips with the fact that the whole thing was fake."

When Kelly asked about his statement, Jones said, "I will look at every angle [of the story] and play devil's advocate."

He did not say definitively whether he believes the shooting actually happened at Sandy Hook Elementary School, where 20 first-graders and six educators died in December 2012.

Kelly pointed out that Jones' statements have "real world consequences," using a Florida woman as an example. She was recently sentenced to five months in prison for threatening to kill a Sandy Hook parent because she does not believe the shootings occurred.

Related story: Sandy Hook mom calls for NBC to pull interview

In what NBC admitted last week was a late addition to show, Kelly interviewed Neil Heslin, father of victim Jesse Lewis.

"It's disrespectful to me and the other 25 families who lost someone ... and I take that very personally," Heslin said.

When asked by Kelly what he would say to Jones on Father's Day, Heslin replied:  "I think he's blessed to have his children to spend the day with, to speak to. I didn't have that."

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