Jones, among other claims, has called the 2012 shootings at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown, Connecticut, a hoax. I've watched the footage. He leaked audio of his pre-production discussions with Kelly, hoping to create suspicion that Kelly's real objective for wanting to interview him was to do a hit piece on him.
Before the interview aired Sunday on NBC, Kelly drew criticism, with some saying she was giving conservative commentator and conspiracy theorist Jones publicity, according to the Times report.
Regarding one statement he said on his show in 2014 - "The whole thing is a giant hoax".
Jones, for his part, live streamed a response to the interview - watched at its peak by almost 20,000 people on YouTube - slamming the episode as "fake news".
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The Free Beacon's report said that a previous headline for that story had called the interview an "edited NBC interview", but took that word out later. In an internal memo obtained by The Associated Press, NBC Connecticut staff members were told station executives made the decision after listening to concerns from employees, Sandy Hook families and viewers and considering "the deep emotions from the wounds of that day that have yet to heal".
An NBC newsmagazine has led a "60 Minutes" broadcast in adult 18-49 viewers in three of the last five weeks - on May 21, June 4 (the "Sunday Night" debut) and June 18. In the conversation, Kelly was heard promising she would not portray him as "some kind of boogeyman". Relatives of some of the victims also spoke in the Sunday segment on NBC. Lawyers representing 12 people who lost loved ones in the Sandy Hook massacre wrote to the network and asked them not to air the interview.
"Kelly's segment throughout the week and have gambled millions of dollars on her success".
"I will sit there on the air and look at every position and play devil's advocate", he said.
NBC News reportedly is paying Megyn Kelly "between $15 million and $20 million" a year.