Fox News Channel is assuring viewers that Sean Hannity isn’t going anywhere.
The network lent support to its best-known anchor, saying Thursday that he would return to its air next week following a Memorial Day holiday vacation despite rumors of his possible removal following his reporting on the Seth Rich conspiracy.
“Like the rest of the country, Sean Hannity is taking a vacation for Memorial Day weekend and will be back on Tuesday,” the 21st Century Fox-owned network said in a statement. “Those who suggest otherwise are going to look foolish.”
On Tuesday, Fox News retracted its story about Rich’s murder. Despite the retraction, Hannity stood his ground and reported the story on his radio program and Twitter page.
However, that same night, Hannity eased on the story out of respect for Rich’s family. “Out of respect for the family’s wishes, for now, I am not discussing the matter at this time,” Hannity said.
In an interview with The Huffington Post on Wednesday, Hannity said the ad shifts represented efforts by progressives to silence him. “There’s nothing that I did, nothing that I said, except they don’t like my position politically,” he said. “They’ll try to ratchet up the intensity of their rationale. It does not justify an attempt to get me fired. And that’s what this is. This is an attempt to take me out. This is a kill shot.”
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