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July 20, 2019

Fox News host admits he hasn’t washed his hands in 10 years, later retracts claim

February 12, 2019
Fox News contributor Pete Hegseth gets on an elevator after arriving at Trump Tower, Tuesday, Nov. 29, 2016, in New York. (Evan Vucci / AP)

Fox News may be taking dirty journalism to a new level.

A correspondent for the right wing media outlet turned stomachs Sunday by saying it has been at least a decade since he practiced proper hygiene.

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“I don’t think I’ve washed my hands for 10 years,” said Fox host Pete Hegseth. “Really, I don’t really wash my hands ever.”

His co-hosts laughed while recoiling in disgust.

“I inoculate myself. Germs are not a real thing,” he said. “I can’t see them. Therefore, they’re not real.”

An interesting take for a network whose programming is frequently used as a platform to mock climate change science.

Hegseth made his confession after his co-hosts razzed him about eating leftover pizza on “Fox & Friends.”

“My 2019 resolution is to say things on air that I say off air,” he explained.

Social media users weighed in on the topic with shock, ridicule and in some cases, agreement.

“I'm with you on hand washing,” tweeted one supporter. “I'm almost 70 and haven't had a cold or flu in years.”

Though it wasn’t clear on “Fox & Friends” if he was kidding, Hegseth — who says he studied biology at Princeton grad— later insisted his comments were clearly facetious.

“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 told USA Today.

Whether or not President Trump shakes Hegseth’s hand next time he’s on the show, which he watches regularly, we’ll have to wait and see. The President is an admitted germaphobe who once said on Howard Stern’s radio show that he washes his hands “as many times as possible” every day.

“Cleanliness is a nice thing. Not only hands, body, everything,” the President said. Trump confessed during that interview that he sometimes sees people using the bathroom, who then want to shake his hand. He finds that disconcerting, but understands.

“They're not doing it to be bad people,” he said.

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The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention calls hand washing an important component of public health.

Keeping hands clean is one of the most important steps we can take to avoid getting sick and spreading germs to others. Many diseases and conditions are spread by not washing hands with soap and clean, running water.

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