JP Morgan Chase has asked that its advertising be removed from NBC over Megyn Kelly’s upcoming interview with “Info Wars” host Alex Jones.
The Wall Street Journal reported on Monday the company has asked all of its local TV and digital ads to be removed from all NBC News programming until after the episode airs. The interview, which has caused an uproar due to Jones’ promotion of several controversial conspiracy theories, is scheduled to air on June 18.
The company’s chief marketing officer, Kristin Lemkau, tweeted her disapproval of the interview Monday morning. “As an advertiser, I’m repulsed that @megynkelly would give a second of airtime to someone who says Sandy Hook and Aurora are hoaxes,” she wrote. “Why?”
In a 97-second preview of the interview, Jones calls the 9/11 attacks an “inside job” and questions the legitimacy of the Sandy Hook shootings. He asays that “30 years ago, they began creating animal-human hybrids.”
“Isn’t that the big story Megyn Kelly should be doing?” Jones says in the teaser.
The interview has been met with widespread condemnation from those who object to Kelly giving Jones a mainstream platform to express his views. Kelly defended the interview on Twitter, writing that because of Jones’ connections to President Donald Trump, it is her responsibility to “shine a light.”
However, Jones himself has also called on the interview to be canceled, claiming that Kelly misrepresented his views. In a live stream on Monday afternoon, Jones said that Kelly lied to him, and promised that the interview would not be about Sandy Hook or other conspiracies.
“Megyn Kelly lied to me several weeks before she came here,” he said. “She said that the interview was not going to be about Sandy Hook and the mass shooting there, and it was not going to be about Pizzagate and these other issues that the media always obsesses on and misrepresents what I’ve said and what I’ve done.”
— Kristin Lemkau (@KLemkau) June 12, 2017