An NBC-owned station in Connecticut is refusing to air Megyn Kelly’s now-infamous interview with Alex Jones, who has previously claimed the shooting at Sandy Hook Elementary School in 2012 was a hoax.
EW has obtained an internal memo from WVIT, which serves the Hartford/New Haven-area market where Sandy Hook Elementary is located. Sandy Hook families have pressed NBC to pull this Sunday’s broadcast, the third airing of Kelly’s new show since she joined the network from Fox News.
Here is a copy of the memo that was distributed internally at WVIT:
Whenever there is news regarding the Sandy Hook tragedy, we know that the pain resurfaces for our community, our viewers and for you, our colleagues at WVIT. Over the last few days, we have listened intently to Sandy Hook parents, our viewers and importantly, to you. We have considered the deep emotions from the wounds of that day that have yet to heal.
Because those wounds are understandably still so raw, we have decided not to air this week’s episode of Sunday Night With Megyn Kelly. We will continue our local coverage, including a special report on our Sunday 11pm newscast, which includes Sandy Hook parents, Governor Malloy and others who work to affect change around violence and mental illness. For those in our viewing area who still wish to see the show, it will be available Monday on NBCNews.com.
NBC News would not comment.
On Thursday, Jones threatened to post the entire interview with Kelly, though he only ended up posting his pre-interview conversation with her. In response, NBC released a statement Friday that confirmed the Jones interview will go forward as planned. “Despite Alex Jones’ efforts to distract from and ultimately prevent the airing of our report, we remain committed to giving viewers context and insight into a controversial and polarizing figure, how he relates to the president of the United States and influences others, and to get this serious story right,” the statement read. “Tune in Sunday.”