TV Host Says He Hasn't Washed Hands in 10 Years and People are Truly Disgusted
Hosting the weekend show 'Fox & Friends', Pete Hegseth said, 'As I told you, 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.'
Screenshot from @JordanUhl / Twitter
Hosting the weekend show Fox & Friends, Hegseth said, "As I told you, my 2019 resolution is to say things on air that I say off the air. I don't think I've washed my hands for 10 years. Really, I don't really wash my hands."
His "confession" came when his co-hosts Ed Henry and Jedediah Bila were discussing about eating a day old pizza. "Yesterday was National Pizza Day, which means it's national pizza weekend, which means Pizza Hut lasts for a long time," Hegseth said.
The host also added that the infectious microorganisms didn't exist simply because they were invisible to his naked eye. "I inoculate myself. Germs are not a real thing. I can't see them, therefore they're not real. I can't get sick," he added.
The video clip of the bizarre confession was later shared by journalist Aaron Rupar on Twitter.
Fox News’ @PeteHegseth admits, unprompted, that he hasn’t washed his hands in 10 years.
“Germs are not a real thing,” Pete says. “I can’t see them, therefore they’re not real.” pic.twitter.com/9hsAb9YA9j
— Aaron Rupar (@atrupar) February 10, 2019
Needless to say, Twitterati were freaking out by the host's revelations.
Remind me never to accept a dinner invitation to his house. Or shake his hand.
File under “things to never say out loud” 🙄
— Jamie Schler (@lifesafeast) February 11, 2019
— Chris J R 🇨🇦 (@Chris_J_R) February 11, 2019
— Emrin Alexander (@emrin_alexander) February 10, 2019
Strangely enough, Hegseth found support in his bizarre theory.
"I'm with you on hand washing. I'm almost 70 and haven't had a cold or flu in years. Our bodies need some germs to learn how to fight them. Too many germofobes out there," the user wrote.
@PeteHegseth I'm with you on hand washing. I'm almost 70 and haven't had a cold or flu in years. Our bodies need some germs to learn how to fight them. Too many germofobes out there.
— Smittymhs (@smittymhs) February 10, 2019
To which Fox host promptly responded by saying, "don't wash".
— Pete Hegseth (@PeteHegseth) February 10, 2019
Hegseth's tweet attracted more strong responses on the platform.
— Alex Muto (@AlexandriaMuto) February 10, 2019
Criticising his theory, a user reminded him that he was spreading E Coli bacteria by not washing his hands.
This is E Coli. This is what you are spreading every single day that you don't wash your hands. #WashYourHands pic.twitter.com/xqReDStXvg
— Gayle (@beachbumm1) February 10, 2019
So, if you don't believe in the existence of things you can't see, I guess you must be an atheist. Right?
— Sharon Lawson 👻 (@lawsonsk) February 10, 2019
You do know that personal hygiene is part of the reason why people started living longer, right? Let's put anti-vaxxers and anti-washers on an island together since y'all apparently know more than people who study these things.
— Nevi (@nev_nev97) February 11, 2019
While another shared a study on the importance of washing hands.
Please, please read this. It’s just one of hundreds of scholarly articles on the importance and effectiveness of proper handwashing. This is from the World Health Organization. It lists those nasty little germs that you “can’t see”. https://t.co/cTLYkNrtgr
— Patti Park (@ppark916) February 10, 2019
As it turns out, it was all a joke. Confirming the same to The Hill, a Fox News spokesperson said Hegseth wasn't serious when he said he hasn't washed his hands in 10 years. The Fox host also took to his Twitter page to state the "obvious".
When even @chrislhayes can see the obvious...Twitter really has come full circle. https://t.co/o1dPPaWEhS
— Pete Hegseth (@PeteHegseth) February 11, 2019
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