In the spirit of humanity, Neil Cavuto heaps praise on hard-to-like colleagues like Maddow, Lemon, Shep

Fox News host Neil Cavuto praised television news colleagues on both sides of the political aisle in a segment addressing the polarization of society.

Cavuto used the latest story of the friendship between Ellen DeGeneres and former President George W. Bush as his jumping-off point during the “Common Sense” segment on “Your World” on Tuesday.

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He lamented that in today’s society, “sides don’t just disagree, they must be disagreeable, and they must stick to script.”

“A liberal must never sit with a conservative, a conservative must never utter a kind word about a liberal. It’s the same reason why a never-Trumper can’t be a now-and-then-Trumper. You’re either all in or just out. Say one thing bad you’re just bad,” Cavuto said, after noting the DeGeneres story.

The comedian and daytime talk show host addressed the left’s outrage at her after she was seen sitting next to her “friend,” the former president, during an NFL game on Sunday.

“People were upset, they thought, ‘What is a gay Hollywood liberal doing sitting next to a conservative Republican president?'” DeGeneres told her talk show audience. “I’m friends with George Bush. In fact, I’m friends with a lot of people who don’t share the same beliefs that I have. We’re all different and I think we’ve forgotten that that’s okay that we’re all different.”

Cavuto celebrated her remarks and added his own thoughts about how people aren’t so different from each other and that many – especially those in the public eye – are not as polarizing as they may seem.

“They’re more than what you see or what you think you see or what you know. It’s true, they may sound polarizing but I’m telling you they’re not,” he said. “None of us are. Just like none of you are.”

“Some of you may not want to know Shepard Smith has a big heart and is one of the most kindest and decent people in any profession, but he is,” Cavuto said of his Fox News colleague. “Or that Sean Hannity would give you the shirt off his back if you were down and out whether you were a liberal or a conservative — but he would.”

“Or that Brian Kilmeade has an audacious sense of humor and a rapid-fire wit that would put most comics to shame, but he does. Or Steve Doocy’s biggest bragging point is his family, but it is, or that Bret Baier’s devotion to fairness borders on obsession, but it does. Or that Martha MacCallum has a moral compass the likes of which is rare in this business,” Cavuto went on. “Same with Bill Hemmer, whose infectious goodwill to liberals and conservatives is just as much a standout in any business.”

The Fox News host then moved on to praising news pundits at other cable networks, saying it’s “not just here at Fox.”

“I can personally vouch for how good Rachael Maddow is to her staff because they tell me, and how much she cares for what she does because they tell me that too,” he said. “Or how funny Don Lemon can be making fun of himself. Or how even funnier Chris Cuomo can be making fun of Don.”

“That’s why I bristle when colleagues anywhere are called ‘fake,'” Cavuto added, saying things aren’t always what they seem.

He concluded by reiterating DeGeneres’ remarks that “there is nothing wrong with having conservative and liberal friends.”

“There is everything wrong with thinking there is,” he said. “Life is too short, but that, my friends, doesn’t mean we have to be.”

CNN’s Chris Cuomo and Don Lemon agreed with the Fox News host during Tuesday night’s programming.

“He’s dead right,” Cuomo quipped about his “mentor and friend,” joking that his “foot is funnier than Don is.”

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“You’ve got to be good to people. You’ve got to be kind. Even when you disagree, you’ve got to do it with decency,” Cuomo said.

Lemon praised Cavuto as a “straight-shooter” whom he has “always admired” and said he was right about Maddow and the Fox News hosts that he disagrees with.

“I think that if I was really in a jam, or in a bind, honestly I think I could call Sean Hannity and say I need some help and I think he would do it,” Lemon said.

Hannity recently came to Cuomo’s defense after the CNN host was being mocked as “Fredo,” but he has been just as vocal in his on-air criticism of MSNBC and CNN talking heads, and has mocked “little Fake News Jimmy Acosta” as well as Maddow.

Earlier this year, Acosta slammed Hannity and Tucker Carlson over his new book which purported to out their “fauxmacho man bullsh*t.”

Lemon and Cuomo have consistently trashed President Trump and anyone who supports him, often pointing to Fox News as a propaganda outlet for the White House. The duo once launched into the opening refrain of the theme song to “All in the Family” as they mocked Trump and his supporters for wanting to make America great again.

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