"Fox and Friends" weekend personality Pete Hegseth chose to share a little something-something about his personal hygiene habits on Sunday that left some folks - including his co-hosts - a little grossed out.
Hegseth, who served with the national guard in Iraq during his 11-year military career, said he didn't see any issue with eating the pizza before backing up his statement with his personal stance.
"My 2019 resolution is to say things on air that I say off air", Hegseth added. "I don't think I've washed my hands for 10 years", he said as his co-hosts laughed. "Really, I don't really wash my hands ever", Hegseth stated on Sunday's episode of the show, possibly as his cohosts anticipated chugging bottles of Purell.
But sources say colleagues are still giving him a wide berth after he uses the bathroom. "Germs are not a real thing".More news: Kyler Murray is going all-in with football
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.
One co-host, smiling, exclaimed, "Someone help me", nearly as though she was providing an adequate button on which to end this conversation.
The revelation came after co-hosts Ed Henry and Jedediah Bila questioned Hegseth's off-camera consumption of pizza left out afterNational Pizza Day, onSaturday - Newsweek reports.
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On Twitter on Monday, Hegseth gave mixed messages.
A Fox News spokeswoman told The Washington Post Hegseth was joking, of course, which he later said was "obvious". He claimed he had been joking and paraphrased the president in blaming the media for being so "self-righteous and angry".
"P.S. I also support drinking from garden hoses & riding bikes w/o a helmet".
According to a CDC fact sheet, "studies have shown that handwashing can prevent 1 in 3 diarrhea-related sicknesses and 1 in 5 respiratory infections, such as a cold or the flu".More news: Chanting 'Death to America,' Iranians mark 40 years since Shah's fall