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Fox News host says he was joking after saying he hasn’t washed his hands in 10 years

After "ridiculous" reaction on Twitter, Hegseth says "germ-obsessors" need to "lighten up."

February 11, 2019 - 4:03 pm
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Germaphobes might want to think twice before shaking the hand of Fox & Friends' Pete Hegseth.

Called out on-air Sunday for eating day-old pizza that was left on set, Hegseth said he doesn't worry about getting sick because "germs are not a real thing."

Hegseth then made a wilder revelation, announcing, "I don't think I've washed my hands for 10 years. Really, I don't really wash my hands ever."

And why does Hegseth believe he's immune to germs? "I can't see them. Therefore, they're not real," he told his co-host.

After "ridiculous" reaction on Twitter, Hegseth says "germ-obsessors" need to "lighten up."

Hegseth says it should have been obvious that he was joking.

"We’re on a show and we have fun and we banter and I’m like, eh, you know, maybe I haven’t washed my hands for 10 years," he told USA TODAY. "If you look at Ed and Jedediah’s reaction, they are laughing like we are (on) every show."