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Megyn Kelly Defends Alex Jones Interview as Sandy Hook Group Drops Her From Event

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Megyn Kelly is defending her Alex Jones interview amid continued fallout.

Her NBC News program Sunday Night debuted just weeks ago and Kelly’s already come under intense fire for her decision to speak with a conspiracy theorist, particularly given his public statements calling the Sandy Hook massacre a hoax.

There have already been calls for NBC to pull the interview (including, bizarrely, from Jones himself), one advertiser is already bailing on NBC, and now the group Sandy Hook Promise has dropped Kelly as the host for their event this week.

This is the statement they released:

Sandy Hook Promise, a leading gun violence prevention organization, and NBC host Megyn Kelly have agreed that Kelly will no longer host the organization’s annual Promise Champions Gala on Wednesday, June 14th, in Washington DC. This decision was spurred by NBC’s planned broadcast of Kelly’s interview with conspiracy theorist Alex Jones, who believes the tragedy at Sandy Hook Elementary in Newtown, CT, was a hoax.

“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,” said Nicole Hockley, co-Founder and Managing Director. “It is our hope that Megyn and NBC reconsider and not broadcast this interview.”

Kelly reacted in a statement similar to one provided to NBC News earlier today, in which she says she understands their decision but also defends interviewing Jones:

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