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|Presented by||Sean Hannity|
|Country of origin||United States|
New York City
|Running time||60 minutes|
|Production company(s)||Fox News|
|Original network||Fox News|
|Picture format||480i (16:9 letterbox SDTV)
720p (16:9 HDTV)
|Original release||January 12, 2009 – present|
|Preceded by||Hannity & Colmes|
Hannity is a current affairs and political commentary television show on the Fox News network. It is hosted by conservative political pundit Sean Hannity. From 2009 to October 4, 2013, episodes were live in the 9pm timeslot (9pm). From October 7, 2013 to September 22, 2017, most Hannity episodes were pre-recorded to air in the 10pm timeslot, occasionally airing live if a major breaking news story was being covered. Following the move to 10pm, the 9pm timeslot was filled by several programs, including The Kelly File, Tucker Carlson Tonight, and most recently The Five, which aired at 9pm until September 25, 2017, when Hannity returned to its original time. The program airs live Monday through Thursday; the Friday edition is pre-recorded. It is a replacement for the long-running show Hannity & Colmes.
On the rationale for the new program, Fox News Senior Vice President Bill Shine has stated:
|“||Sean is one of the top television and radio personalities in the business and we're excited to be working with him on this venture. When Alan Colmes left us with a void last month, we decided to build a new program utilizing Sean's signature talents rather than take on the monumental task of replacing someone as exceptional as Alan and attempting to rebuild a rare chemistry that is unlikely to ever be matched in cable television again.||”|
The show's format consists of Hannity interviewing guests and providing his own commentary. Among notable segments was "The Great American Panel", which ran near the end of the show, featuring Hannity and three guests (two of which were notable political or news commentators, one liberal and the other conservative, with the third member being a special guest who was notable outside the political or journalistic community but usually holding conservative political views) in a panel discussion on important topics of the day. The "Panel" was split into two parts; in between parts, Hannity (or sometimes the special panel guest) will toss a miniature football towards the camera.
The first guest on Hannity was former Speaker of the House Newt Gingrich. Hannity featured an exclusive interview with Don Imus during his premiere week. During the second week, conservative talk show host Rush Limbaugh appeared in an exclusive two-part interview about the future of the conservative movement and the newly inaugurated President Barack Obama.
Seth Rich controversy
In 2017, Hannity was promoting conspiracy theories involving the murder of DNC staffer Seth Rich, and on May 25, 2017, it was announced that advertisers had cut ties to the show following the controversy and a sponsor boycott promoted by Media Matters, similar to previous sponsor boycotts targeting The Glenn Beck Show and The Rush Limbaugh Show. It was also announced that Hannity would be taking a leave of absence, though Hannity vowed to return,  and Fox confirmed he would be returning. Although it was reported two days later that Hannity was in fact mulling a departure from the network, Hannity did indeed return to the network. Furthermore, very few advertisers have pulled their advertisements in response to Media Matters' campaign, with some publicly announcing their refusal to remove ads for various reasons, and with several companies reversing or failing to act on previous decisions to remove their advertisements.
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