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Around about 9:59 am EST late Thursday evening, the REAL Sean Patrick Hannity was revealed to the world, and it was a sight to behold.
As Fox News’ “Hannity” returned from commercial, its host was caught sitting at his desk staring down at something (presumably his phone) while puffing a Juul e-cigarette. Bad boy, bad boy, what you gonna do, what you gonna do when the cameramen comes for you?
What made the moment so indelible was that it wasn’t intentional. Hannity hadn’t sought to be caught puffing his e-cigarette. Rather, the show had returned from commercial, and he’d simply been caught unprepared. Whoopsie daisy.
Watch the “Forever Reel of the Real Hannity” moment below:
(Video: Fox News)
So as the show returned from break, Hannity could be seen taking a puff from his e-cigarette as he looked down at what was likely his phone.
About a second later, he looked to the side and saw something that jarred his attention — perhaps one of his crew members holding up a sign reading “YOU’RE ON AIR!”
Hannity then quickly removed the e-cigarette from his mouth in a super-quick, Jerry Lewis-like fashion and blurted out, “Uh oh!”
He then briefly stared at the screen with the most innocent-looking face — one that bore an uncanny resemblance to none other than the character faces of legendary deceased comedian Jerry Lewis:
Hannity then proceeded with his planned final segment on the “Villain of the Day” before turning the show over to fellow Fox News host Laura Ingraham.
But Ingraham, known for her great sense of humor, wasn’t about to let him off the hook.
As she appeared on the screen, she held up a glass of water as if about to drink from it and then asked, “Oh wait, am I on camera right now?”
This prompted Hannity, who also has a great sense of humor, to chuckle.
“Yeah, I know, I know, hahah. I’m sure we’ll make the headlines somewhere tomorrow,” he said.
He wasn’t wrong. By Friday morning, the story had been picked up by HuffPost, Mediaite, Gizmodo, MSN, Yahoo News, The Daily Wire, The Daily Beast and countless others.
“It happens to the best of us, Hannity. I mean, those little moments are cute. Those are in the ‘Forever Reel of the Real Hannity’.’ Like, we want to know you,” Ingraham responded.
Hannity then recalled a story involving a bar stool he’d made with his Juul cigarettes before closing out his show by encouraging everybody to enjoy his mistake.
“Enjoy it, everybody, at my expense. I have a good sense of humor, I can take it,” he said.
(Video: Fox News)
Interestingly, this isn’t the first time he’s been caught smoking an e-cigarette on live television, though the last incident wasn’t his fault.
During a segment back in 2017, he said “watch this” as he does whenever his crew is about to play a video for the audience.
But instead of playing the video, his crew apparently screwed up, and all viewers of the show could see was Hannity sitting there puffing his e-cigarette, drinking some water and adjusting his collar.
Here’s forty seconds you’ll never get back… pic.twitter.com/ChLCP0P5um
— Harry Shearer (@theharryshearer) September 26, 2017
At the time, the left-wing press tried to use the error to attack him as a hypocrite?
“Sean Hannity has been a strong advocate of repealing and replacing Obamacare, even though dismantling the law will cause millions of Americans to be without insurance. For Hannity—who surely can afford his choice of plan if his work-offered insurance doesn’t cut it—Obamacare and its premiums are an assault on Americans’ freedoms and should have never been signed into law,” a piece published in Newsweek complained.
“But why would anyone expect Hannity to care about the more than 32 million U.S. residents who will lose coverage if the GOP is ever successful with repealing and replacing Obamacare when he’s steadily causing the deterioration of his own health by smoking e-cigarettes?”
To this day, it’s still unclear what in the world Hannity’s use of e-cigarettes had to do with his opposition to a disastrous health care law that spiked health care premiums for millions of America.
Also, Newsweek neglected to mention that, save for this one vice, Hannity has always led a fairly healthy life, as evident by his mixed martial arts training.
That said, Hannity reportedly used to be a cigar smoker and was even featured in Cigar Aficionado magazine back in 2012.
“Hannity owns four humidors, including one in his office at Fox. He keeps two at a friend’s house ‘so my kids don’t know. That’s where I do a lot of my smoking,'” the magazine reported at the time.
“Says Elise Sabbeth, Hannity’s assistant, ‘I’ve been on many a trip to the cigar store for him, for cigars and for distilled water for his humidor. That’s when he decided to keep me.'”
He eventually quit cigars and replaced them with e-cigarettes, which are considered to be significantly safer health-wise than traditional cigarettes and cigars.
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