Fox host says he ‘hasn’t washed hands in 10 years’ – BBC News

Fox News host Pete Hegseth has said on air that he has not washed his hands for 10 years because “germs are not a real thing”.

Speaking on Fox and Friends, Hegseth said the infectious micro-organisms did not exist because they could not be seen with the naked eye.

“I inoculate myself,” added the Harvard and Princeton graduate.

His remarks came after co-hosts Ed Henry and Jedediah Bila made fun of him for eating left-over pizza.

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

His comments were met with both support and concern on social media.

@smittymhs

@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.

@BradMossEsq

I wonder if @PeteHegseth would be cool with restaurant workers preparing his food after deliberately not washing their hands?

Mr Hegseth later told USA Today that his remarks were intended to be a joke.

“We live in a society where people walk around with bottles of Purell (a hand sanitiser) in their pockets, and they sanitise 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.”

 

 

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