NBC’s high-profile acquisition of Megyn Kelly from Fox News has already produced a controversy. Kelly is defending plans to air an interview with right-wing provocateur Alex Jones — a plan that The Wall Street Journal reports has prompted one key advertiser to suspend its advertising with NBC News.
“J.P. Morgan Chase & Co. has asked for its local TV ads and digital ads to be removed from Ms. Kelly’s show and from all NBC news programming until after the show airs, according to a person familiar with the matter,” WSJ reports. “The company doesn’t want any of its ads to appear adjacent to any promotions for the interview, the person added.”
Kristin Lemkau, chief marketing officer for J.P. Morgan, posted a tweet Monday addressing Jones’ conspiracy theories, which have drawn outrage on social media.
“As an advertiser, I’m repulsed that @megynkelly would give a second of airtime to someone who says Sandy Hook and Aurora are hoaxes. Why?,” Lemkau tweeted.
“The interview drew harsh criticism from the families of victims of the Sandy Hook massacre on social media, with people using hashtags like #shameonNBC to express their outrage,” WSJ reports. “The school shooting four and a half years ago left 20 children and six staffers dead.”
As part of the fallout from Kelly’s scheduled interview, Kelly was dropped as the host of the Promise Champions Gala, an annual event for the Sandy Hook Promise Foundation, scheduled for Wednesday in Washington.
Kelly has defended the interview, which is scheduled to air this Sunday in prime time on “Sunday Night with Megyn Kelly.” She posted a statement on her Twitter account this morning, which you can see in full below, commenting both on her removal from the Promise Champions Gala and on her reasoning behind the interview.