Hannity Becomes Longest-Running Primetime Cable News Host, 291x Longer Than CNN+

On Thursday, Fox News Channel host Sean Hannity • becameThe longest-running cable news anchor at primetime for 25 years was Larry King, who held the title of the best host, with six months and fifteen days. This is how it should look. Hannity’s 9,322 days as host on FNC are 291.31 times longer than the entire life of the hilarious failure that is CNN+.

It is interesting to note that Hannity achieved this landmark on the exact same day as CNN+’s announcement that it was soon taking its final breath.

 

 

These are the a Press ReleaseHannity stated that he was “extremely grateful” Both Fox “and to our loyal, dedicated viewers” Suzanne Scott, Fox News Media’s CEO, praised his achievements “authenticity and insightful commentary”Who, “[a] FOX News original…helped innovate the industry.”

Hannity spoke during his Thursday night show about the honor, saying he “didn’t believe” Fox executives when they “told me” that “[a]s of this program tonight, I officially passed the late And the great Larry King to become the longest running primetime cable news host in American history.”

Adding October 1996 felt “like yesterday” and “would have been a horrific bet” to think he’d have lasted this long, Hannity emphasized that he’s “grateful…to all of you in this audience” and “can’t thank you enough” To the point where “words simply cannot express” because “[y]ou absolutely make the show possible.”

Before thanking Fox News and his staff, Hannity also paid tribute to the late Alan Colmes, his co-host from October 1996 to January 2009 (click “expand”):

Also, I would like to thank my friend. He’s been gone way too long, died way too young. Alan Colmes, I began this journey together. Wonderful man. While he may not have been awakened, he was still a great man. He was my friend.

I’m also grateful to the best team on television, the best team on my radio show. You will hear me tell you that both of my shows are run by hardworking people who work tirelessly to produce the best show possible each day. We’re so committed to that. I’m really extremely grateful to Fox News for being amazing partners to me and for something that is very rare for people in this business in broadcasting. They give me the freedom, they allow me to be who I am, to be myself, and they’ve been amazing partners all these years — same with my radio partners.

I’d mention everybody by name but it will take up the entire show but to all of you and you know who you are, thank you and to all the people that have worked on my shows in the past, thank you as well. 

Hannity said that he was also “really blessed by God”He was a gift to him “way beyond what I deserve in this life to do what I do and what I love every day.”

Before starting with the day’s news, he said he “want[ed] to be clear: I don’t plan on leaving anytime soon. So if you’re out in the left-wing media thinking, ah, that’s the end of Hannity, he’s done, uh-uh. We have a lot of news to cover and frankly a lot of elections to win and a country to fix.”

Guests expressed their gratitude to him throughout the program. His staff closed the show with an ending of appreciation. montage showing some of the famous guests, moments, and trips Hannity’s takenOver the last 25 and half years.

Hannity was emotional and signed off afterward, saying: “Truly an undeserved life from God and from you, this great audience, you make it possible. I can’t thank you enough.”

To see the relevant FNC transcript from April 21, click “expand.”

FNC’s Hannity
April 21, 2022
Eastern Time: 9:00 PM

[ON-SCREEN HEADLINE: Breaking News; Hannity Becomes Longest-Running Primetime Cable News Host]

SEAN HANNITY : First, let me say a special thank you. When the management of Fox came to me and told me what I’m about to tell you, I’ll be honest, I didn’t believe them at first. The management of Fox said that I should double-and triple check this. But apparently, they’re correct. Tonight’s program marks the end of Larry King’s tenure as America’s longest-running prime-time television news anchor. Although it’s difficult to believe, I feel like it was yesterday when I first started being completely honest. If you would have made a bet in October ‘96 that I’d still be standing after all this time, it would have been a horrific bet, the long shot of all long shots. You all know how thankful I am for you. It was possible because of you. I can’t thank you enough. Words simply cannot express my gratitude to — towards you. Also, I would like to thank my friend. He’s been gone way too long, died way too young. Alan Colmes, I began this journey together. Wonderful man. While he may not have been awakened, he was still a great man. He was my friend.

I’m also grateful to the best team on television, the best team on my radio show. You will hear me tell you that both of my shows are run by hardworking people who work tirelessly to produce the best show possible each day. We’re so committed to that. I’m really extremely grateful to Fox News for being amazing partners to me and for something that is very rare for people in this business in broadcasting. They give me the freedom, they allow me to be who I am, to be myself, and they’ve been amazing partners all these years — same with my radio partners. I’d mention everybody by name but it will take up the entire show but to all of you and you know who you are, thank you and to all the people that have worked on my shows in the past, thank you as well. I just feel really blessed by God, you know, the thing — the thing — hold these truths to be self-evident all men and women created it — but by the thing, you know, the thing, anyway. But I feel blessed. I really believe in God and I feel that way — I’ve got way beyond what I deserve in this life to do what I do and what I love every day. But I want to be clear: I don’t plan on leaving anytime soon. So if you’re out in the left-wing media thinking, ah, that’s the end of Hannity, he’s done, uh-uh. There is a lot to report on and, frankly speaking, a lot more elections to be won and the country needs to be fixed. My hope and prayer for you all is that we will continue to have each other throughout your lives. We are grateful again. Apparently, my staff has a surprise later in the show, I’m not happy about it, but we’ll find out later.

(….)

Eastern at 9:57

HANNITY: All right, as we mentioned at the start of the show tonight, apparently, as of tonight, we’ve become the longest-running prime time cable news show host in the history of cable news. I’m more shocked than anybody and my team — they may be in trouble after the show — put together some highlights from the past 25 years, as I cringe watch this. You should take a look.

[VIDEO MONTAGE]

HANNITY – Truly a life undeserved from God. And from you, my great audience, it is possible. I can’t thank you enough.

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