Published: Tue, February 12, 2019
Worldwide | By Isabel Fisher

Fox & Friends host says he hasn’t washed hands in 10 years

Fox & Friends host says he hasn’t washed hands in 10 years

This weekend, Fox & Friends personality Pete Hegseth took "I'm not a scientist, but ..." to new levels when he told his co-hosts that he hasn't washed his hands in a decade, apparently advising viewers to do the same because "germs are not a real thing".

"I inoculate myself", Hegseth continued.

Hegseth explained to them, "Germs are not a real thing". That is when he admitted, "I don't think I've washed my hands for 10 years". Hegseth would like those anti-vaxxers to hold his germ-covered beer.

Revolting: 'My 2019 resolution is to say things on air that I say off air.

Hegseth was on the air with Ed Henry and Jedediah Bila when, after a commercial, they started talking about Hegseth eating day-old pizza during the break, reported Newsweek, which posted video of the exchange.

His theory that "I can't see them, therefore they're not real" may not go down too well with some of his more religious followers.

Bacteria that can be spread by unwashed hands include salmonella and E coli. You cook food with those hands?

The President himself is a self-described "clean hands freak", writing in his 1997 book The Art of the Comeback: "I happen to be a clean hands freak".

When soap and water aren't available, alcohol-based hand-sanitizing gels can offer protection, according to the Mayo Clinic.

However, the Centers for Disease Control disagrees, its advice online reminds people that "regular hand-washing particularly before and after certain activities, is one of the best ways to remove germs, avoid getting sick, and prevent the spread of germs to others". Both adults and children should be regularly and routinely vaccinated, according to health professionals.

Hegseth confirmed the joke when he retweeted and commented on MSNBC host Chris Hayes' tweet, which said, "he's. pretty clearly joking?"

'Ewwwwww! Not something to brag about, ' wrote one.

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