Megyn Kelly might now be wishing she listened to critics of her controversial choice to interview conspiracy theorist Alex Jones. Claiming his comments were taken "out of context" in promos for the NBC interview airing Sunday, Jones has begun releasing what he says is secretly-recorded audio of his conversations with Kelly. As the Daily Beast puts it, some snippets "will be humiliating for Kelly." In one apparent recording of a pre-interview conversation, Kelly can be heard telling Jones, "It's not going to be some gotcha hit piece, I can promise you that." At another point when referring to Jones' custody battle, she says the media "treated you and your family as fair game, and they never would have done that [to a] mainstream-media figure."
Jones claims Kelly promised to deliver a "softball profile." But "I knew that it was a fraud, that it was a lie," he says, per the Hollywood Reporter. He refers specifically to a promo in which Kelly accuses Jones of "dodging" a question about the Sandy Hook massacre. Jones, who previously claimed the shooting was a hoax, says he admitted it happened but that Kelly purposely omitted the comment. In the recording, Kelly promises she won't take Jones' comments out of context. She even says he can review all interview clips to see "whether we are taking it in context, what you are saying." Given the backlash to the interview, Page Six reports Kelly has asked families of Sandy Hook victims to appear; one father has agreed to appear.