Fox Host Says He Hasn't Washed His Hands In 10 Years

Fox Host Says He Hasn't Washed His Hands In 10 Years

"Fox and Friends" weekend personality Pete Hegseth made a decision 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.

Plenty of teachers also mocked his claims with one joking that he'd learn about germs if he spent anytime in a children's classroom: 'Spend some time as a teacher in a kindergarten class, trust me, you'll wash your hands!'

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. "I don't really wash my hands, ever".

"Germs are not a real thing", Pete says. 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.

"I innoculate myself", he said on Monday, after announcing that his 2019 resolution was to say more of what he says off-air on television.

Speaking on Fox and Friends, Hegseth says the infectious micro-organisms did not exist because they could not be seen with the naked eye.

"Exactly", Hegseth replied. "I can't get sick".

Twitter went right after him, according to Uproxx. How to use a spoon, tie your shoelaces, brush your teeth, wipe your backside and - hopefully - to wash your hands regularly, especially after using the toilet.

"Ewwww Pete Hegseth, stay the hell away from me", one social media user tweeted.

However, a Fox News spokesperson confirmed to PEOPLE that Hegseth was only joking.

Hegseth's thinking is at-odds with science which has long confirmed that germs, and microbes live nearly everywhere: on food, animals, and plants, in the air, and in soil and water and on people's hands.

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention dedicates several pages of its website to hand-washing, underscoring its importance in preventing the spread of germs.