"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.
"I happen to be a clean hands freak".
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.
An American news host has claimed that germs aren't real, and that he hasn't washed his hands in a decade. He did not see any issue with eating the pizza, he said, then added that he didn't think he had washed his hands in 10 years.
"The next thing that will happen they are going to be calling my biology professor at Princeton (and ask) 'When Pete was a student in your class, did he believe germs were real?' So dumb".
"As I told you my 2019 resolution is to say things on air that I say off air". In contrast with Hegseth, Trump is a self-proclaimed "germaphobe" who reportedly has a disdain for handshakes and a passion for frequent hand washing. "I can't see them, so, therefore, they are not a real thing".
"Someone help me", Bila said.
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"So, you're becoming immune to all bacteria?"
"My dad has that theory too", Bila told him.
In repsonse to someone who shared his sentiment on Twitter, Hesgeth used the hashtag #DontWash, before following up with a second tweet sharing a USA Today article about the on-air admission and writing: "To paraphrase the President from an hour ago: The Media is so self-righteous and ANGRY!"
"P.S. I also support drinking from garden hoses & riding bikes w/o a helmet".
Well, whatever works for you, man.
But the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention states that handwashing is a vital way to prevent the transmission of disease.
However, a Fox News spokesperson confirmed to PEOPLE that Hegseth was only joking.