SALT LAKE CITY — A “Fox & Friends” host is facing criticism for saying that germs aren’t real, even though he was reportedly joking.
“Fox & Friends” weekend host Pete Hegseth said Sunday morning he wanted to live out his 2019 resolution, which is to “say things on-air that I say off-air.”
So he did just that while speaking with co-hosts Ed Henry and Jedediah Bila.
“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,” he said. “I inoculate myself. Germs are not a real thing. I can’t see them. Therefore, they’re not real.”
Watch the clip below.
Hegseth was previously in the running to be the head of the Department of Veterans Affairs, according to The Washington Post.
Twitter went right after him, according to Uproxx.
However: Fox News spokesperson Jaclyn Giuliano told USA Today that Hegseth "was joking."
Hegseth confirmed the joke when he retweeted and commented on MSNBC host Chris Hayes' tweet, which said, "he's ... pretty clearly joking?"
Hegseth said, "When even @chrislhayes can see the obvious ... Twitter really has come full circle."
But it seems Hegseth is keen on keeping the joke alive: