Fox News host Pete Hegseth doesn't believe in germs

Leroy Wright
February 12, 2019

Pete Hegseth made the freakish claim to the the Fox and Friends audience on Sunday morning with a justification of "I can't see them, therefore they aren't real".

Fox News' @PeteHegseth admits, unprompted, that he hasn't washed his hands in 10 years.

A U.S. television host has raised eyebrows after claiming on air he hasn't washed his hands in 10 years. Being well educated about hand washing "reduces the number of people who get sick with diarrhea by 23% to 40%", it says. "Really, I don't really wash my hands ever", Hegseth said.

But sources say colleagues are still giving him a wide berth after he uses the bathroom.

Hegseth explained to them, "Germs are not a real thing".

Prompting Bila to say: "Someone help me".

"Germs are not a real thing", Pete says.

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Following a commercial break, Fox & Friends co-host Jedediah Bila revealed that Hegseth had been munching on day-old pizza that was left on the set.

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. But at least one Twitter user, Smittymhs, applauded Hegseth's bold admission with a tweet of his own.

However, a Fox News spokesperson confirmed to PEOPLE that Hegseth was only joking.

Plenty of teachers also mocked his claims with one joking that he'd learn about germs if he spent anytime in a children's classroom: 'Spend some time as a teacher in a kindergarten class, trust me, you'll wash your hands!'

"To paraphrase the President from an hour ago: The Media is so self righteous and ANGRY!" Loosen up and have some fun.

But in wake of the outroar caused by his comments, Hesgeth came forward and said he was clearly just joking and that the conversation was "banter".

"A single gram of human faeces-which is about the weight of a paper clip-can contain one trillion germs", a spokesman for Centers for Disease Control and Prevention said.

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