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Alex Jones leaks Megyn Kelly tapes ahead of controversial Sunday interview

17 Juin 2017

Conservative radio host Alex Jones leaked audio clips of conversations he said he had with NBC News anchor Megyn Kelly amid a firestorm over their controversial interview that is set to air Sunday.

"I will personally promise to look at any clips we want to use of you", Kelly told Jones, "and have a producer run by you, whether we are taking it in context, what you are saying".

"The group can not support Kelly or NBC's decision to give a platform to Jones and hopes NBC reconsiders its plan to broadcast the interview", said Nicole Hockley, co-founder and managing director.

"I've never done this in 22 years".

"And so we're going to release - oh yeah - we're gonna release the pre-interview. We urge you to consider the ethical and legal ramifications of broadcasting this interview to millions of Americans", they added, according to a copy obtained by Variety.

He said, "We have a record of it so that you can decide for yourself what I really said and what I stood for".

The tweet was accompanied by an audio recording of what sounds like Kelly assuring Jones her interview would be fair.

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"It's not going to be some gotcha hit piece", she said.

The NBC network television station in CT will not air the upcoming interview between Megyn Kelly and Infowars' Alex Jones on Sunday, citing the concerns of its staff, viewers, and the families of Sandy Hook Elementary School victims. "Megyn is a very good journalist and I expect - especially in light of what's been said this week - that (Jones) will be held to account".

Kelly interviewed Jones for a segment on NBC airing Sunday night that dives into Jones' thoughts on "controversies and conspiracies", she tweeted earlier this week. "And so I was recording the whole time".

Families of the victims of the Sandy Hook Elementary School shootings have denounced NBC's Sunday night interview and have pressured the network to cancel the broadcast.

NBC did not immediately respond to Fortune's request for comment.

J.P. Morgan Chase has pulled its local TV ads and digital ads from all NBC News programming, including Kelly's show, over the interview. The peacock network made a decision to stick to its guns and will air the produced interview on Sunday night - except in CT where the Sandy Hook community won't have to watch it.

The lawyers said that airing Kelly's interview with Jones "implicitly endorses the notion that Mr. Jones" lies are actually "claims' that are worthy of serious debate; and in doing so it exponentially enhances the suffering and distress of our clients".