To say that Megyn Kelly is having a rough start to her NBC career would be an understatement.Â She was criticized for her poor interviewing skills with Vladimir Putin because Putin didn’t divulge enough information and now she’s in hot water because of a segment NBC plans to run which featured her and Alex Jones.Â According to Page Six
As families of the Sandy Hook victims continue to pressure NBC to ax Megyn Kelly’s Sunday interview with conspiracy theorist Alex Jones, the network has been holding crisis meetings about how to handle the backlash. Insiders say that staff were in panicked meetings all day on Monday. “It’s a sâ€‰-â€‰-â€‰t show. No one wants to withstand a whole week of criticism over this. There are a number of people who want to pull the interview.”
But another source told us NBC needs the controversy to shake up their Sunday night and to bring new viewers. “No one expected sponsors to pull out, but this is why they hired Megyn. They expect to lose and gain viewers and they want the buzz.”
Kelly addressed the backlash on Tuesday. “I find Alex Jones’ suggestion that Sandy Hook was ‘a hoax’ as personally revolting as every other rational person does. It left me, and many other Americans, asking the very question that prompted this interview: How does Jones, who traffics in these outrageous conspiracy theories, have the respect of the president of the United States and a growing audience of millions?”
My personal response to all of this?Â This is a new day and age of media.Â Megyn Kelly won’t screw anything up.Â The only question is whether or not all of her guests and shows will resonate with people.Â On the one hand NBC definitely wants this attention.Â On the other they still want to be considered a respected news organization.Â In my personal opinion, Megyn Kelly will not fail at combining the elements of reality TV that draws the masses and respected journalism.Â Give her time.Â In a year when ratings are higher people are going to be laughing at the negative press she got.Â I could be wrong but that’s where I stand.