The Megyn Kelly/Alex Jones interview will air on NBC despite backlash including the host of the controversial "InfoWars" telecast leaking recordings of conversations he had with Kelly.
"I've never done this in 22 years, I've never recorded another journalist," Jones said in a video about a two-minute leak posted to his site, according to The Hollywood Reporter. "I've never done this, but I knew that it was a fraud, that it was a lie."
Jones released a 30-minute video Thursday that included recordings of his pre-interview conversations with Kelly.
"This is not going to be a contentious, sort of 'gotcha' exchange," Kelly could be heard saying in the recording.
Jones said in the released recording that he made it to protect himself, charging that Kelly acted like she was "obsessed with him."
"It was worse than in college in a topless bar when women try to get you to pay for a dance," Jones said, according to The Hollywood Reporter.
NBC News released a statement Friday saying that it is standing by its decision to air the Jones interview, CNN reported.
"Despite Alex Jones' efforts to distract from and ultimately prevent the airing of our report, we remain committed to giving viewers context and insight into a controversial and polarizing figure, how he relates to the president of the United States and influences others, and to getting this serious story right. Tune in Sunday," the network said in a statement.
In the meantime, the New York Post reported that the "Sunday Night with Megyn Kelly" has been completely overhauled because of the controversy, with families from the 2012 Sandy Hook Elementary School shooting coming on the show to refute Jones.
Jones had once claimed that the school shooting that killed 26 was a hoax to spur gun legislation, but now claims he has backed off that theory, Variety noted.
"I said Sandy Hook happened, everything. She wouldn't put it in the promo pieces, and so, we're going to release, oh yeah, we're going to the pre-interview and then when they put their fraud out on Sunday, which I've asked them not to air because they're misrepresenting who I am and saying I'm as bad as Saddam Hussein or Jeffrey Dahmer or Charles Manson — I mean it's crazy," Jones said, according to Variety.
Families of the Sandy Hook shooting urged NBC News in a legal letter not to air the interview on Sunday, saying that Jones' original claims were not worthy of debate and would cause stress for the families, the New York Post noted.
"We urge you to consider the ethical and legal ramifications of broadcasting this interview to millions of Americans," a letter from the law firm Koskoff, Koskoff and Bieder, who represent several of the families who lost loved ones in the 2012 shooting, said, according to the Post. "By now, it should be clear to NBC that airing the interview will cause serious emotional distress to dozens of Sandy Hook families."
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