Fox News publicly rebuked Sean Hannity and Jeanine Pirro after the network on-air hosts joined President Donald Trump in speaking on stage at a Missouri campaign rally Monday evening.
“Fox News does not condone any talent participating in campaign events,” the network said in a statement. “We have an extraordinary team of journalists helming our coverage tonight and we are extremely proud of their work. This was an unfortunate distraction and has been addressed,” a network spokesperson told TheWrap on Tuesday.
A rep for the network declined to elaborate on what actions the channel had taken.
Hannity — who explicitly promised he would not campaign with Trump on stage in a tweet before the event — later clarified that the onstage moment had not been planned.
“What I said in my tweet yesterday was 100% truthful. When the POTUS invited me on stage to give a few remarks last night, I was surprised, yet honored by the president’s request,” said Hannity in a twee. “This was NOT planned.”
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