Megyn Kelly’s Alex Jones Interview Got Worse Ratings Than an America’s Funniest Home Videos Rerun

Megyn Kelly’s Alex Jones interview was more uneventful than its actual content previously suggested. Deadline reports that per early ratings reports, 3.5 million people watched the episode of Sunday Night with Megyn Kelly, making it the lowest viewership her new Sunday show has received in its short run.

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How is Megyn Kelly Doing Outside of the Fox News Bubble?

After two weeks of breathless headlines and social media outrage (both authentic and faux), last night’s Megyn Kelly interview with Alex Jones finally arrived and … eh? I didn’t actually watch it live, because I didn’t want my cable service to believe I was supporting the decision to interview Alex Jones, but I jumped online during the interview and followed along on Twitter as it aired and … it was mostly crickets. There were very few tweets, and nothing of note.

I did later watch portions of it on YouTube, and while Kelly did a decent job of denunciating Alex Jones, the interview itself felt kind of empty, broken up with clips and background information on Jones’ history of nutcasery. There’s only about 5 minutes of interview footage in the 17 minute segment, and it’s notable mostly only for the fact that Jones appears to be sweating the entire time. Was it worth it, Kelly? Huh? Huh?

Point being: While there was a fear that Megyn Kelly was somehow introducing Alex Jones to mainstream America, the millions of people NBC (and the rest of the media) must have been expecting to tune in didn’t materialize. It was seen by only 3.5 million overnight viewers, less than a rerun of America’s Home Videos in the 18-49 demo. Worse still, NBC didn’t even add the interview to YouTube until 11 a.m. EST today, long after anyone had decided to care about the interview, so it received very little social-media lift.

In other words, the interview created very little noise, and for Megyn Kelly, ratings for the episode were not much more than what she received nightly on Fox News. Seems like Megyn Kelly stood out on Fox News, where she was one of few women, and the only primetime presence who was not completely friendly with Donald Trump. She was a lightning rod on Fox News. Polarizing. Divisive, because she dared to occasionally go against the company line. But in the rest of the news ecosystem, Megyn Kelly isn’t special. Not in an environment where she has to compete outside of the Fox News bubble with the likes of Katy Tur or Rachel Maddow or Jake Tapper or Joy Reid or Maggie Haberman. Now she has to re-earn her credibility with more mainstream audiences, and with her interviews with Alex Jones and Vladimir Putin, she’s not doing herself any favors.

Indeed, after weak ratings last night, NBC has to be sh*tting itself about the prospect of making Megyn Kelly the future of NBC News. Remember, they booted Tamron Hall and Al Roker for her? How are you feeling about that decision now, NBC?

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It Looks Like Alex Jones and Megyn Kelly Are Set To Destroy Each Other’s Careers

Not long ago, we brought up that Rebel Wilson was suing a media outlet for defamation and I’ll admit, my initial thought was, «You’re suing because someone is publishing your correct age and background? Good luck with that!» Well, she won her suit! Good for her. — (Lainey)

Three weeks into her stint as a journalist for NBC, Megyn Kelly has created considerable controversy with her decision to interview Sandy Hook truther Alex Jones, who is calling the piece — which airs on Sunday night — a hit piece, a smear job. Jones apparently taped the pre-interview, and says he has proof, I guess, that Kelly was being dishonest with him. He also says that he has the full interview, which will put into context the edited hit piece. I don’t know what’s going on, but seeing these two try to destroy each other? I’m here for it. (THR)

Commissioner Gordon Mayor Garcetti and LAPD Chief Beck are lighting the Bat-signal tonight in LA to honor the late Adam West. — (LATimes)

Demi Moore, who still looks ridiculously amazing even without a front tooth, says she lost a tooth due to stress. Like, it just fell right the fuck out! I’m seriously seriously hoping she’s talking about a veneer or a cap and not an actual tooth, because dear god, I don’t need more things to stress about. — (Celebitchy)

A blimp crashed and caught fire near the US Open at Erin Hills in Wisconsin. The pilot is ok, thankfully! I grew up seeing the Goodyear blimp (which this was not part of the Goodyear fleet of airships) fly overhead almost daily and then later worked up the street from the blimp hangar. I haven’t seen a blimp/airship that looks like this one in, oh, I don’t know, 30+ years? If ever, really. That one kind of looked like a giant balloon. — (JSOnline)

The jury in the Cosby case is deadlocked. That’s depressing. What’s more depressing (or infuriating — yeah, infuriating is a better word) is Keshia Knight Pulliam (Rudy from The Cosby Show) walking all arm-in-arm with the rapey jagoff. — (Dlisted)

Ladies, is your vagina still leaking that pesky menstrual blood and disturbing your «quiet night studying», «The Big Game», «weekend brunch», «day drinking», «boardwalk on your longboard» (yeah, I don’t know…), or your «book club»? Well! Worry no more! Remember the unbelievable idiot behind the Mensez «Feminine Lipstick» that glues your snootch together so you don’t bleed out or something like that? Well, that unbelievable idiot is unbelievably back with a NEW product that still has no idea how women’s bodies work. h/t AsscrackBandit roctavia— (Patheos)

Lorde may or may not be an onion ring expert! I don’t actually know and truthfully, you guys? I don’t actually care. I just wanted to use this time to remind everyone that Lorde’s new album is FINALLY coming out tomorrow! I have been waiting, like, 2 years for this. It feels like Christmas Eve. — (LG)

TK eloquently wrote about the Public Theater earlier this week. And now here’s a fantastic interview with the artistic director, Oskar Eustis, at the Public. He roasts both the NYT and Fox over the Caesar play. — (NYTimes)

Book of the Month Subscription Box featured The Seven Husbands of Evelyn Hugo this month and it looked really interesting. Now Go Fug Yourself is offering you the chance to win a copy! — (GFY)

This? Just because:

The Mama loves Judy Blume, but did not love her most recent book, In the Unlikely Event. Told mostly in a series of vignettes, the story is good, but dispassionate in places. It just doesn’t have the magic of earlier books. Did we know that Judy Blume is still writing books? (Cannonball Read 9)

And finally, these lovely and thoughtful women did *not* make me tear up. I don’t care what anyone else says!

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Megyn Kelly’s Interview With Alex Jones Got Her Dropped As Host Of A Sandy Hook Benefit 

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One-time Fox News sweetheart Megyn Kelly made her debut on NBC News a little over a week ago with a Vladimir Putin interview, and it was supposed to be a real fucking get, or something, but it left some people screaming at her to take a long course at Howard Stern’s Night School Of How To Really Interview A Bitch, because she didn’t get anything out of him. Megyn is getting shit again and this time it’s for an interview that hasn’t even aired yet. On Sunday night, NBC will barf up an interview that Megyn did with conspiracy theorist and “performance artist” Alex Jones, who thinks the Sandy Hook Elementary massacre was a staged government hoax involving actors. Because Megyn gave a platform to a tinfoil hat-wearing ass nugget, she’s been dropped as host of a Sandy Hook benefit and her Sunday night show has lost a sponsor.

A piece of Megyn’s interview with Alex is about his theory that Sandy Hook was a hoax. Well, who knew that when you interview a Sandy Hook truther, a Sandy Hook benefit will let you know that they want nothing to do with you. The Washington Post says that the organizers of an annual gala for the Sandy Hook Promise Foundation, a nonprofit gun violence prevention group founded by family members of some of the Sandy Hook shooting victims, has let Megyn go as host. I know, Megyn Kelly hosting a Sandy Hook gala is a WTF in itself.

“Sandy Hook Promise cannot support the decision by Megyn or NBC to give any form of voice or platform to Alex Jones and have asked Megyn Kelly to step down as our Promise Champion Gala host. It is our hope that Megyn and NBC reconsider and not broadcast this interview.”

Chase has also washed their hands of Megyn Kelly and have pulled their ads from her show.

It doesn’t seem like NBC is going to drop Alex Jones’ interview. Liz Cole, the executive producer of Sunday Night with Megyn Kelly, said that they’re serious journalists and it’s their job to interview people in the news no matter how gross they are. Liz said that people should watch the interview before getting outraged. Megyn spit up her own statement, saying that she also gets the heaves from Alex Jones’ Sandy Hook theory, but that as a serious journalist, it’s her job to “shine a light.” 

Even Alex Jones himself wants NBC to drop his interview into the shit can. Alex calls his interview with Megyn a “hit pieceand says the show misrepresented” his views on Sandy Hook.

So let’s see…

Megyn’s NBC News show hasn’t even been on two weeks and so far not many are impressed, she lost an advertiser and the smegma dingle she interviewed isn’t happy with her interview. Outside of NBC Studios right now, Tamron Hall is cackling into the air as Billy Bush and Kathy Griffin stroll in with their resumes to let HR know that they’re available Sunday nights, and any night really.

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A Ranting Alex Jones Is Asking that His Megyn Kelly Interview Not Air on Father’s Day

This is my new favorite thing today!

Sarah went to Gwynnie’s Wellness (with a capital «W») retreat, «In Goop Health» (no, seriously, that’s what it’s called) and in addition to a bag of $ 85 rocks, she got to experience Goop. — (Lainey)

I NEED ALL OF THESE! — (Nerdist)

Megyn Kelly’s new NBC newsmagazine is not making friends with either side of the political spectrum. The left is furious that Kelly and NBC would give a platform to Sandy Hook truther Alex Jones (and at least one advertiser, JP Morgan, has pulled their ads for the episode), while Alex Jones is also pissed, calling Kelly «cold and robotic» and claiming that the interview is a «hit piece trying to destroy independent media» that make fathers look bad, which is why he doesn’t want it to air on Father’s Day. (Also, because Alex Jones is terrible father). (Uproxx)

If you missed the Tony Awards last night, you might have missed the orchestra trying to play Bette Midler off. Hahahahaha. You don’t tell Bette when she’s finished speaking. Bette finishes when she’s damn good and ready. — (Dlisted)

Also at the Tonys was Mary Beth Peil, who most people would recognize from Dawson’s Creek, but whom I recognize as Peter’s mother from The Good Wife. She looks fantastic and is my new inspiration for aging beautifully. — (GFY)

I feel like I’ve said this so many times, but here it is again: REPRESENTATION MATTERS! And you can see it here in this small sampling of adorable childpeople who saw Wonder Woman. — (The MarySue)

Barron and Melania have moved into the White House and awwwww, doesn’t the First Family look so joyously happy to be together again? That hand-holding doesn’t look awkward at all. — (Jezebel)

Amanda Bynes is back and sober and ready to work, and I just love her so much, I hope she’s happy and feeling good! I also hope she does another movie with Charming Potato because I would buy it and watch it over and over even though my husband would say, «Are you seriously watching this stupid movie again? Is this supposed to be funny? I don’t get it.» HYPOTHETICALLY. — (Celebitchy)

Jessica Chastain got married over the weekend and she looked just lovely! But really? What the shit was Anne Hathaway wearing? — (LG)

Have you watched Curtis Hanson’s film L.A. Confidential? Bea Pants is here to tell you that compared to James Ellroy’s book L.A. Confidential, Hanson’s movie is the happy parts of a Pixar movie. Elroy’s Los Angeles is "dark, mean and merciless." Though not for the faint hearted, L.A. Confidential is a smartly written book. (Cannonball Read 9)

A quick shout-out to a longtime reader of ours, Laura, who offers up reviews at her blog, Movie Mommy. (Movie Mommy)

I said The Defenders picture was my new favorite thing today, but actually, THIS is my new favorite thing today!
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Basic Journalism: Let’s Talk About Megyn Kelly

This week, Megyn Kelly, formerly of Fox News, made her debut on NBC by sitting down for a one-on-one interview with Russian President Vladimir Putin. After several years at Fox, where she rose up the ranks to become the network’s most prized public face and semblance of journalistic integrity during the Trump-Clinton campaign, she took a pay cut and moved to pastures of more legitimate stature. The deal gives Kelly, as noted by the Hollywood Reporter, «her own daytime weekday news vehicle, a Sunday night news magazine and a key role in breaking news coverage.» In order to accommodate their new star, the Today show cancelled the 9am hour helmed by Tamron Hall and Al Roker, the former of whom then quit the network. To crown their new investment, one that could be considered a risk in these post-truth times, Kelly was given the kind of assignment usually reserved for Barbara Walters or Christiane Amanpour. The results were not impressive.

Kelly’s interview skills left much to be desired, as Putin easily out-maneuvered her attempts to catch him in a lie. Mostly, the interview is pretty dull, and certainly not a moment for NBC to add to the vaults. After all that hype and glut of glowing media coverage, most people were left wondering what all the fuss was about. Ratings weren’t great either, something that must have been new to Kelly, who consistently drew some of the highest viewership numbers on Fox News. Now, NBC must strive to make their investment worthwhile, but they do so under an inescapable shadow of hypocrisy. How do you turn the problem into the solution?

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Megyn Kelly entered the spotlight during the 2016 Presidential race after Trump focused on her following a tougher than expected line of questioning during a Republican party candidate debate moderated by Kelly. After a period of praise from the general media, along with «liberal» favourites like Bill Maher, Trump began his tirades against Kelly, including the now-infamous «blood was coming out of her wherever» line. This was blatant misogyny, of course, and dishearteningly common from a man whose primary language is offence. Kelly had every right to be defended by her colleagues — and it was a topic of contention at Fox News that Bill O’Reilly never did so — but following that, and the myriad women who fell victim to Trump’s sexism, including Hillary Clinton herself, one couldn’t help but notice the way in which Kelly leveraged that moment to impeccable public grace.

Kelly had always been the trade media’s Fox News anchor of choice — photogenic, charming, a much easier sell than the disgruntled bulldogs who headlined the network — but now, she had feminine clout. Variety crowned her one of the top women in their «2016 Power of Women New York» issue, giving her a front cover alongside Misty Copeland and Lupita Nyong’o.

After working as an associate at a number of Chicago law firms, Kelly moved to DC and worked as a reporter for the local ABC affiliate. She moved to Fox News in 2004, where she started out hosting legal segments on Brit Hume’s show and filling in for Greta Van Susteren (who herself recently moved to NBC). In 2010, she began hosting her own show, America Live, where she increased ratings by around 20%, and in 2012 she led the network’s election night coverage, including one admittedly hilarious moment where she belittled Karl Rove for refusing to accept the Obama victory. By 2013, Kelly had moved to the nightly bracket at the network with The Kelly File, where she often overtook both Bill O’Reilly and Sean Hannity in terms of ratings. It was on this show that Kelly made her most infamous, pre-Trump comments.

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In an argument over the race of Santa Claus, both in fiction like picture books and in-person seasonal appearances, Kelly put her foot down, saying, «Jesus was a white man, too. It’s like we have, he’s a historical figure that’s a verifiable fact, as is Santa, I just want kids to know that. How do you revise it in the middle of the legacy in the story and change Santa from white to black?» Obviously, everyone from Jon Stewart to Rachel Maddow had a field day with this moment of commentary from the woman who insists she’s the «straight news anchor» at Fox. Eventually, she back-pedaled somewhat and said her comments were tongue-in-cheek, and that Jesus’s race was «far from settled» (Middle Eastern Jew? I’d say that element of truth is pretty decided).

That’s probably the peek behind the veil of respectability casual viewers are most familiar with, but it was hardly the only instance. Let’s not forget Kelly’s ongoing obsession with the New Black Panther Party, which included positing that their presence at polling stations was to intimidate white voters; Or how about her defence of a policemen wrestling Black teens to the ground in an obvious incident of brutality because the victim «was no saint either«; Perhaps you forgot about her Reddit-style declaration that a commencement speech given by Michelle Obama was exacerbating a «culture of victimization«, or what she so creatively called a «Cupcake Nation».

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This is the «straight news anchor» who had anti-LGBTQ hate group leader Tony Perkins on her Fox News show no fewer than 34 times; the one who invited Ann Coulter on at least 13 times; the woman replacing two Black hosts on NBC who, on a topic of the Black community’s fears of the police, invited on Mark fucking Fuhrmann; The glorious beacon of NBC’s new Trump-era journalism who repeatedly mocked transgender people, including young children and claimed acceptance of them offered «no consideration given to what this would put the other children through»; This is the supposedly opinion-free news-woman who called Muslim civil liberty organization CAIR «an un-indicted co-conspirator in a terrorist trial»; Who mocked campaigns to tackle sexual assault on college campuses by saying, they would «almost entirely eliminate the rights of men».

This is the woman who said that Hillary Clinton’s e-mail server issue was as much «a character issue» for voters as Donald Trump’s assault accusations. This is NBC’s news hero.

Make no mistake, Megyn Kelly has been part of the problem with politics and journalism for a long time now. For 13 years, Kelly proudly took part in the propaganda wing of the Fox News channel. The evidence is staggering yet, infuriatingly, she is seldom billed as such. There aren’t many people on that channel who we can deem worthy enough to be called proper journalists. Shepard Smith is probably the closest we have to that, yet he was given a fraction of the publicity and fawning headlines Kelly was (Smith recently came out as gay, which may have something to do with it). It was easy to take Kelly, who in most ways resembled every other woman at the network, and modify that image for the wider crowd. As Sonia Saraiya of Variety noted, «Her image projects an elegant refinement, a sense of class and poise, of traditional values. These are qualities Fox News hilariously lacks, when it comes to both the sometimes-seedy reputations of its anchors and the network’s splashy and outdated graphics and production.» Of course, Kelly was never above working with that seediness. Like almost every woman on the network, she still donned the low-cut dresses and played along with the «jokes» of the male hosts, which often reveled in rape-culture (no surprise given the man in charge). She even did a sexy GQ photo-shoot, something entirely within her right to do so, but like Ivanka Trump, it is striking how quickly she threw off that persona in favour of a more palatable brand that would appeal to women.

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That package worked well at Fox News, but so did everything they sold there. After all, the people who watch Fox News, the brainwashed children of Roger Ailes who sleep with ceaseless fear, keep the channel on 24/7 in preparation for whatever vague rebellion they have been told is coming will finally arrive. Outside of that bubble, audiences are more cynical, and that crucial young demographic NBC believe Kelly will bring to the network don’t view her façade without years of knowledge behind it. Anyone can Google Kelly and see her history of fostering hatred under the guise of news. She may have helped to legitimize Fox News on some level, but, so far, that carefully tuned force is on shaky ground at NBC News. When you have aided in the normalizing of hate, how do you U-turn to easy-going frivolities and authentic integrity?

Next for NBC’s Megyn Kelly, the «straight news anchor», is an interview with Alex Jones.

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A Megyn Kelly-Sized Wrecking Ball Is About to Smash Through NBC’s Today

Because humans contain multitudes, I am currently worrying about both the fate of our democracy/world as well as the fate of a long-running daytime television show hosted by people who make millions of dollars a year. Though considerably less destructive than, say, global thermonuclear war—or even a total collapse of…

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