Hannity added that he hadn't meant to smear his reporter colleagues at Fox, some of whom were present at the event, when he slammed the media from the rally stage, calling all the reporters there "fake news".
Fox News said Tuesday that it has addressed the "unfortunate distraction" of network personalities Sean Hannity and Jeanine Pirro speaking at U.S. President Donald Trump's campaign rally in Missouri the night before, and that it doesn't condone such behaviour. "This was an unfortunate distraction and has been addressed", the network said in a statement, without elaborating.
Widely viewed as a referendum on Trump's presidency, Tuesday's results offered a split decision that revealed deep tensions in the American electorate - a rift that could easily widen during two years of divided control of Congress. Trump's aggressive campaign blitz, which paid off in some key victories, suggests he is likely to continue leaning into the fray.
Rejecting any hint of a setback, President Donald Trump on Wednesday mocked members of his own party who were defeated in the midterm elections after distancing themselves from him and suggested that the Republicans' loss of a House majority could turn out to be "extremely good" for him politically. In 2016, the network said Hannity was prohibited from appearing in promotions for the then-candidate after appearing in a campaign ad. "This was NOT planned".
Hannity broadcast his show from the site of the rally Monday, where he exhorted viewers to vote Republican and echoed a Trump campaign theme seen on banners: "Promises made, promises kept".
Hannity defended his actions, claiming he was "surprised, yet honored" to be invited onstage and that the stunt was not planned.
"What I said in my tweet yesterday was 100% truthful", Hannity tweeted. "They do incredible work day in and day out in a fair and balanced way and it is an honor to work with such great professionals", he posted.
And to add insult to injury, Hannity referred to media in the room - including Fox News employees - as "fake news". Hannity described his role as that of an "advocacy journalist" during an interview in 2017. Pirro, a former NY state attorney general who has a weekend show on Fox, spoke after him.
Hannity and Pirro spent the night broadcasting from the rally while simultaneously hyping the crowd ahead of Trump's arrival.
The newspaper asked a Fox News spokesperson in April of 2018 whether Hannity was considered a journalist. That is what one Fox News staffer told CNN.