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Hannity Addresses Appearance at Trump Rally: I Would Never Call My Fox News Colleagues ‘Fake News’

Sean Hannity was not on Fox News last night for their live midterm election coverage, so tonight he ended his show by addressing his active campaigning at President Donald Trump‘s final rally.

To recap: the Trump campaign billed Hannity as a “special guest” at the rally. Hannity tweeted, “To be clear, I will not be on stage campaigning with the President.” That night he was on stage campaigning with the President. Fox News issued a statement calling it an “unfortunate distraction” and Hannity said it was spontaneous and he was not talking about his own Fox News colleagues when he mocked the “fake news” in the room.

Hannity first said of his absence on Fox last night, “I don’t work election nights.”

He proceeded to address his campaigning for Trump, emphasizing he was not lumping in his Fox News colleagues with the “fake news”:

“We did this event with Donald Trump the other day in Cape Girardeau, Missouri, and I tweeted out I was not part of whatever coverage was going to take place at the campaign. I gave a tweet that was 100% truthful. I was watching Rush give his speech. The President––I had no idea. He invited me on stage. I’ll be honest, I was honored by the president’s request. It was not planned. And I want to be very, very clear. I’m on stage. You know, you’ve heard me say it all the time, every day, every night, because I believe it’s true, that there’s a lot of fake news. I want to be very clear, especially after hearing some commentary and reading some things. I was not and would never refer to my friends, my colleagues here at the Fox News Channel in those remarks. As a matter of fact, they are such a cut above everybody else. If anybody construed it that way, I am totally sorry in terms of the people that I work with.”

He said he’s had great relationships with a lot of the people who work at Fox News, saying “they have one really tough job, because they have to stay fair and balanced and they do that in an amazing way every day.”

And as he talked about his own role at the network, he acknowledged that sometimes his hard news colleagues “have to take heat because of what their opinion side friends say.”

I’m so honored and proud being able to work here with the best journalists in the entire country,” Hannity said, touting Fox News’ massive ratings on election night.

Watch above, via Fox News.

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