The hosts of the Fox News program, Fox & Friends, are known for making sure everyone, including the President of the United States, talks about their weekday morning show. Now, thanks to co-host Peter Hegseth, just about everyone is talking about the weekend version of the program often mentioned by the current resident of the White House.
But Hegseth's name isn't popping up for his political beliefs, an interview, or making fun of liberals or millennials. Instead, Hegseth has gone viral thanks to a recent episode of the show where he started off by saying he didn't wash his hands. But then, he went on to admit that he didn't believe in germs.
"My 2019 resolution is to say things on air that I say off air... I don’t think I’ve washed my hands for 10 years. Really, I don’t really wash my hands ever,” said Hegseth. "I inoculate myself. Germs are not a real thing. I can’t see them. Therefore they’re not real."
Hegseth's co-hosts laughed off his claims, with Jedediah Bila even comparing the theory to one believed by her father.
“So you’re becoming immune to all of the bacteria,” Bila replied. “My dad has that theory too.”
Hegseth later double-downed on his beliefs when he put out the following tweet:
But it looks like Hegseth's claims were nothing more than just an elaborate joke, as he explained to USA Today:
"We’re on a show and we have fun and we banter and I’m like, eh, you know, maybe I haven’t washed my hands for 10 years. If you look at Ed and Jedediah’s reaction, they are laughing like we are (on) every show."
But Hegseth, being a Fox News host after all, used his interview with USA Today to start mocking the direction of modern society.
"My half-hearted commentary to the point is, we live in a society where people walk around with bottles of Purell in their pockets, and they sanitize 19,000 times a day as if that’s going to save their life," he said. "I take care of myself and all that, but I don’t obsess over everything all the time."
He even followed it up with this tweet when MSNBC anchor Chris Hayes admitted that the claim seemed like a joke:
So, do you think Hegseth was telling the truth the first time, the second time, or not at all?
And do you think he has a point in regards to people over-washing their hands?
Let us know in the comments.
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