Sean Hannity apologizes after awkward on-air exchange with Tucker Carlson

Sean Hannity confessed that it was merely a “misunderstanding” between himself and fellow Fox News host Tucker Carlson that captured the internet on Tuesday. 

According to the Washington Examiner, Hannity apologized to Carlson in a series of tweets after an awkward hand-off between their Tuesday night programs made it appear as though he was disagreeing with his Fox colleague.

Hannity contradicts Carlson

Hannity said that he had meant no offense when he contradicted Carlson for slamming Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos on Tuesday. According to Mediaite, Carlson, who frequently criticizes Amazon and other Big Tech monopolies, had said that the coronavirus “indisputably crushed huge parts of the American economy” while Bezos — who made $13 billion on Monday, a record — got richer off the misery of millions of ordinary people.

“Twenty years ago if that had happened, if a captain of industry had made $13 billion in a single day while the country got poorer, the Democratic Party would’ve had something to say about it. Not anymore, because the people getting rich are members of the Democratic Party,” Carlson said, as the Examiner reported.

But as Carlson’s show was ending, Hannity seemed to contradict Carlson’s point during the transition to his own self-named Fox program. Carlson looked clearly miffed.

“People can make money, they provide goods and services people want, need, and desire. That’s America. It’s called freedom, capitalism, and as long as it’s honest, right? People decide,” Hannity said, according to the Examiner. “Alright, Tucker, great show.”

Take a look at a clip of the incident, as shared in the Examiner‘s report:

A feud at Fox?

For many people, the dialogue seemed to encapsulate a split along generational and ideological lines: Carlson, a Gen Xer, is known for a populist form of politics that often breaks with Republican orthodoxy on free markets, whereas Hannity expressed a more conventional perspective on the benevolence of capitalism.

But later, Hannity apologized to Carlson in a tweet replying to the Daily Caller’s Twitter account. The Fox host said that he had not heard the full context of Carlson’s segment and that there was really no daylight between them.

“I was reiterating Tucker’s point on NOT being versus capitalism,” he wrote, as the Examiner reported. “I was in the chair one minute before airtime and I was specifically responding to the end of Tucker’s interview when he said he supported honest capitalism, I had not heard any of the other part of the interview.

“I apologize for any misunderstanding… I support freedom and capitalism, not people taking advantage of a pandemic,” Hannity said in another tweet. “If I see such evidence I will obviously condemn it.”

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