De Blasio to return to Fox News next week following high ratings for Hannity interview: report

David Caplan
August 09, 2019 - 5:56 pm

Associated Press

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NEW YORK (1010 WINS) -- Bill de Blasio has been bitten by the Fox News bug and will return to the right-leaning network next week, following massive ratings for his interview Wednesday with Sean Hannity.

The mayor-turned-Democratic presidential candidate sparred with Hannity, but it apparently made for good TV: The hour-long interview had 3.3 million viewers -- 5 percent more than usually tune into the primetime show, according to Nielsen Media Research. 

And now, it seems both parties are pleased with pairing de Blasio with Fox News: He will be on the network again next week, his campaign told The Hollywood Reporter. The report did not specify which show. 

"The mayor is running for president to stand up for all working people, regardless of what cable news they watch," a de Blasio spokesperson told the showbiz trade publication. "We are willing to go back to talk to working people who have been lied to by Fox News for years."

1010 WINS has reached out to de Blasio's campaign for comment. 

De Blasio is the first 2020 Democratic candidate to appear on Hannity's show. De Blasio also appeared on Fox News in June on host Brett Baier's show. 

During Wednesday's interview the two men argued about a slew of topics, including abortion, immigration, climate change and gun control.

De Blasio accused Hannity of using immigration to distract from other issues.

“Sean, this is why it’s such a charade,” de Blasio said. “What you are doing, and what your network does too often, is tries to distract people... ”

“What charade?” Hannity said.

“It is a charade” de Blasio said, not missing a beat. "What you are doing, and what your network does too often, is tries to distract people...”

Hannity interrupts de Blasio, saying “Oh, my network!”