Popular whack-a-do, whoops, we mean, talk show host, Alex Jones, took to the airways on Friday to issue an apology for his part in spreading and promoting the story known as PizzaGate.
For those that don't remember, PizzaGate was the theory that top Democratic officials (including Hillary Clinton and former Clinton chief of staff John Podesta) were involved in a satanic human trafficking child porn ring centered around Comet Ping Pong, a pizza restaurant in Washington D.C.
The theory has been around for years in online forums and blogs before Alex Jones seized on it last year and promoted it on his show, it then found life on Twitter, Facebook and YouTube.
The resulting attention to the restaurant caused the owner, James Alefantis, to receive death threats on a daily basis and back in December, the restaurant had to close for two days after a man showed up at the restaurant to investigate the PizzaGate claims on his own and ended up firing a gun.
The man, Edgar Welch, told police he had listened to Alex Jones talk about PizzaGate and felt he needed to go and see for himself if the claims were true. (Welch has since pleaded guilty to assault with a dangerous weapon and interstate transportation of a firearm, he will be sentenced in June.)
The claims have never been substantiated and the story is widely seen as a hoax.
Alefantis says so far, Alex Jones is the only one to apologize to him for what happened. He says he still has protesters that show up at the restaurant, most recently a dozen this past weekend, and as a result, to protect his 40 employees and his business, he has had to spend more than $70,000 on:
- security guards
- upgraded security system with panic buttons to alert police.
He is hoping that things will return to normal soon.
You can see the apology below.