Despite a week's worth of stories about her controversial interview with conspiracy theorist Alex Jones, the Q&A ended up being watched by only 3.5 million viewers, and was soundly beaten by CBS rival "60 Minutes", which drew 5.3 million viewers, according to Nielsen.
Jones has called the school shooting a hoax.
"Ninety-five percent of what we cover is looking at a news article and then, you know, discussing it", Jones said to her at one point. But the network resisted, with Kelly explaining that, in her words, the "incendiary radio host" isn't going away.
When Kelly pressed Jones about his claim that the Sandy Hook massacre, which resulted in the deaths of 20 children and six adults, was "fake", the InfoWars host never actually disavowed his comments.
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Megyn Kelly's Alex Jones interview was more uneventful than its actual content previously suggested. Jones, meanwhile, did all he could to taint the piece in advance, surreptitiously taping their conversations and releasing them prior to the broadcast. An unaired segment obtained by Huffington Post showed Kelly telling him that "virtually every person we have met on the street says what they respect about you is they feel that you have returned dignity to Russian Federation". If Kelly lets him off the hook, he'll ramble on about how smart he is. He leaked audio of his pre-production discussions with Kelly, hoping to create suspicion that Kelly's real goal for wanting to interview him was to do a hit piece on him.
Of course, what Kelly was clearly demonstrating was that there is no vetting process.
"I think my influence on Trump is way, way lower than what MSM (mainstream media) has said", he commented, saying he and the president were "friendly", but not friends.
Kelly, who gained prominence as an anchor at Fox News, joined NBC this year.
The lawyers representing 12 people who lost loved ones in the 2012 shooting had pleaded with NBC officials not to air the interview due to the pain Jones' hoax claims has caused them.