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Playboy Interview: Sean Hannity
  • June 19, 2013 : 07:06
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PLAYBOY: What do the Hannitys do for fun?

HANNITY: Nothing. I’m terrible. I didn’t dance at my own wedding. I never go out. I’m home every night. I eat cereal for dinner. The one thing I’d like to do is build a racquetball court. I’m really into fitness and staying in shape, and it gets cold in the winter and I have to hit a ball. But that’s it. The last place you’ll ever see me is at the Playboy Mansion hanging out with Bill Maher.

PLAYBOY: You watch Bill Maher?

HANNITY: I hate him. Can’t stand him. I’m a channel flipper. I saw him the other night for five seconds, but that’s all I could take.

PLAYBOY: Chris Matthews, Rachel Maddow—do you watch them?

HANNITY: Never. I mean, have I seen MSNBC? Yeah. But honestly, I don’t watch it. I don’t see CNN either. I don’t even watch Fox News that much. I’ll listen to Rush Limbaugh sometimes. He’s the Babe Ruth of our industry. We’re friends, and his brother has been my agent for more than 20 years. There’s nobody funnier, more unique, bright or talented.

PLAYBOY: You almost have more Twitter followers than Bill O’Reilly and Limbaugh combined. Does that give you some satisfaction? Even your hair has a Twitter account: @SHannitysHair.

HANNITY: How about that! Someone set that one up. So funny! Honestly, I had to cut back on Twitter because it was an addiction. I’ve got all these amazing people I interact with. Early on, people were so helpful in showing me the ropes on Twitter, so we created the Let Not Your Heart Be Troubled Twitter army. Had T-shirts printed up and everything. They showed me how to retweet and all that. Regular people like @TheFriddle and a girl named Natalie—@LNYHBTkid. And @PaulyShore too. He’s a huge fan.

PLAYBOY: Who do you like in Hollywood? Or are they all just a bunch of bleeding hearts?

HANNITY: No, I loved Gladiator and Braveheart. I liked The Passion of the Christ. That’s a great movie.

PLAYBOY: Do you know the difference between Kate Upton and Downton Abbey?

HANNITY: Very funny. I’m not oblivious to the world, but I’m not a big Downton fan. Kate Upton? I prefer Megan Fox. She’s obviously very attractive. Angelina Jolie is very attractive. Scarlett Johansson is very attractive. But what do I know? I’m just a 51-year-old fat guy.

PLAYBOY: By the way, what’s the deal with the football you throw around on set?

HANNITY: It breaks things up. We keep one in a special place so people won’t steal it. I love football, and we used to throw one around among the crew during breaks. One night I just threw it while on the air, and it took on a life of its own. There are videos on YouTube that have nothing to do with the show of me just throwing the ball and hitting things.

PLAYBOY: Do you ever just unplug completely and spend time alone?

HANNITY: All the time. I like being alone. If you’re lonely when you’re alone, you’re bad company. I like quiet time, downtime, even meditative time. I’ll give you a liberal thought there.

PLAYBOY: You meditate?

HANNITY: I just close my eyes and still my mind. You know, there’s a lot of chatter 24/7. I need to quiet myself sometimes, and I can quiet myself very quickly, actually. Sometimes I’ll take the entire weekend offline and off media. I have two young kids who are both athletic, so we spend a lot of time doing their events.

PLAYBOY: What’s your hope for them as they grow older?

HANNITY: You know what? It’s hard as a parent not to wish that your kids succeed at the highest levels and take on every opportunity this country can give them. I keep telling my daughter, who’s 11, to become a doctor. “I don’t like blood, Dad.” My dream for them is that they become the people they were born to be. The Latin word that education derives from is educo. It means to bring forth from within. And whatever they were born with—and I believe every human being is born with some gift, some talent, created by God—I want that to manifest itself in life.

PLAYBOY: How would you feel if one of them turned out to be gay?

HANNITY: I love my children. Period, end of sentence, unconditionally.

PLAYBOY: And if one of them turned out to be a Democrat?

HANNITY: Well, that might be a different story.

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52 comments

  • theabby
    theabby
    On April 4, 2011,Sean Hannity devoted an episode of his Fox News show to an hour-long special on what he claimed was the media's "liberal bias." However, several of the quotes he used as examples of this purported bias were deceptively cropped to leave out crucial context.
  • Dennis Harrell
    Dennis Harrell
    NO, (SORRY, BUT MY PHONE IS STUCK ON CAPS) YOU DONT GET TO PRETEND THAT THIS IS JUST LIKE THE FOX SHTICK OF EDITING VIDEO TO CHANGE THE MEANING OF SOMEBODYS WORDS. THIS IS HANNTYS OWN WORDS, AND IF YOU THINK IT WAS UNFAIRLY EDITED SHOW US THE REAL FOOTAGE. LIBERALS CAN SHOW WHEN A VIDEO IS UNFAIRLY CROPPED (YOUTUBE VIDEO : "CAUGHT: FOX NEWS DECEPTIVELY CROPS OBAMA GUN CONTROL VIDEO"), WHY CANT CONSERVATIVES? THERE ARE DOZENS OF VIDEOS ON YOUTUBR SHOWI.G HANNITY LYING. HIDE FROM THEM IF YOU WANT, BUT THIS IS THE INFORMATION AGE. IGNORANCE IS A CHOICE. I HAPPENED TO BE WATCHING WHEN HANNITY SAID THIS. THERE WAS NO EDITING, ITS HANNITYS OWN WORDS.
  • StewartIII
    StewartIII
    A couple of demo wins by Maddow don't mean squat. Hannity crushes Maddow, and FOX News destroys MSNBC. What planet does playboy live on?:TV Ratings: MSNBC Falls Below HLN in May, Rachel Maddow Hits Lowshttp://www.hollywoodreporter.c...
  • SocraticGadfly
    SocraticGadfly
    I call hypocrisy alert. Hannity talks about "oversexed" kids in a .... Playboy interview???
  • Kurt
    Kurt
    Exactly what I expected: deflection, no proof, and insults. LBJ voted against anti-lynching legislation, gutted civil-rights reform in Congress, and denounced Republican-backed civil-rights action as “the n****r bill.” I don't need to read a 4-volume biography to know that. Way to go!
  • StewartIII
    StewartIII
    To be fair to Hannity, I can't judge him based on a 3 second clip of him. Maybe he was talk about political reverse psychology, what do I know. The Obama administration does have a well-known history of intimidating insurance companies. But from what I've heard and seen MSNBC is the one with the well-known "shtick" of unfairly editing videos to make conservatives/republicans look bad. If FOX News is bad then MSNBC must be Satan himself. From Maddow to Roberts to Bashir to Mitchell to Scarborough. From top to bottom MSNBC has editing problems, they have an editing controversy once a month, if not more. You may believe what's posted on YouTube by strangers and people with radical agendas but I prefer sites that have credibility and accountability: Mediaite, NewsBusters, Johnny Dollar's Place, TV Newser, etc.. You can go on hating Hannity as much as you want, but for me life is too short to be wasting time watching programs/people I don't like or trust. You may be right about Hannity, but there's a solution for that: Don't watch him, and don't give him any of your time or attention. Simple. And by the way, I'm a libertarian, not a conservative:MSNBC’s Rachel Maddow Gleefully Admits To Using Edited Video To Smear GOPhttp://newsbusters.org/blogs/j...MSNBC Forced To Apologize After Misleading Edit Of Biden Benghazi Speechhttp://www.mediaite.com/tv/msn...Hannity And Panel Go Off On MSNBC For Edited Heckling Video: NBC Is An ‘Extension Of The White House’http://www.mediaite.com/tv/han...MSNBC Sloppily Edits Lawmaker To Attack GOP’s ‘Systematic’ ‘Demonization’ Of The Poorhttp://www.mediaite.com/tv/msn...
  • StewartIII
    StewartIII
    When has Hannity ever lied about Obama, I would love to see your proof that he has? And this country was divided long before Hannity came along. If Hannity is helping divide this country, then so is Maddow and her last employer Air America (out of business) and current employer MSNBC. And Hannity is not a journalist, and neither is Maddow. Just because someone has a news show that doesn't make them a journalist. They're just conservative and liberal news analysis hosts/commentators:Pew: MSNBC Most Opinionated Cable News Channelhttp://www.mediabistro.com/tvn...Maddow makes fools of her viewers, part 2!http://dailyhowler.blogspot.co...
  • Mickey Warhol
    Mickey Warhol
    On a surreptitious plane one day, there was an apple. It interviewed Sean H in the guys of an obesely strung playboy bunny and then blew a hole in teh fusilage and then his butt wrench snaped off as well into the sea air
  • aquaviva
    aquaviva
    It's so Interesting that the obsession with race, gender, sexual preference, and the politicization of everything in life is all from the Left - in this case the Playboy interviewer. Lefties really misunderstand conservatives and conservatism. It's far more Libertarian than they realize.
  • Guest
    Guest
    It's a completely legitimate question to ask a die hard, extreme, right wing, nut job.
  • Konrad Hütter
    Konrad Hütter
    There are a lot of spunky groin politics in this guys pancreatic notch
  • theabby
    theabby
    Never confuse high ratings with quality programming. Three's Company was on top of the charts for months, week after week, month after month.
  • averii
    averii
    "the obsession with race, gender, sexual preference, and the politicization of everything in life is all from the Left" says the party of Caucasian men.
  • Minky Lesaqar
    Minky Lesaqar
    This guys as recumbent as a philly cheese steak on red hash. He shot at it and never came back from the quail boomer
  • Kurt
    Kurt
    Sweet Youtube defense. What's really cool is that facts are facts, no matter what you believe. So saying that F&F and Benghazi do not exist does not make it so. Sorry.
  • Kurt
    Kurt
    How is that hypocritical?
  • Kurt
    Kurt
    So where is your challenge? Again, nothing but farts in the wind from you people.
  • Ibinaround2
    Ibinaround2
    BASIC cable at that. They are on the cheapest tier, along with the other entertainment shows...
  • ChicagoPatriot
    ChicagoPatriot
    Sean Hannity has black guests on not but because they are black, he has them on because they are conservatives.Injecting race in to it on the part of the interviewer is racism.
  • Kurt
    Kurt
    I don't think ironic means what you think it means.
  • Rita Smith Whitaker
    Rita Smith Whitaker
    It didn't surprise me when Hannity's answer to who he liked in Hollywood was, The passion Of Christ and a few other movies of Mel Gibson. That says it all.
  • ComradeAnon
    ComradeAnon
    Did Hannity pay to get this published? How is this any different than the other a$$ wipe he puts out every day. NOTHING he said was factual in any way, shape, or form. Here is one of many articles on the compete BS contained in this article:http://crooksandliars.com/blue...
  • Dennis Harrell
    Dennis Harrell
    THERE ARE NO FACTS INDICATING THAT FAST AND FURIOUS WAS AN OBAMA PROGRAM OR THAT THERE WAS A BENGHAZI COVERUP. THERE ARE FACTS SHOWING THAT FOX HAS BEEN CARRYING OUT A SMEAR CAMPAIGN AGAINST OBAMA SINCE BEFORE HE WAS ELECTED. FACTS ARE FACTS, AND THEY ARE NOT ON YOUR SIDE.
  • Jerry Pecks
    Jerry Pecks
    Nice job, Playboy! You showed Hannity for the off-balanced, divisive, nitwit that he is! Congrats on a job well done!
  • provasek
    provasek
    Obama never lived in Kenya --- he lived in Indonesia for a few years when his mother was teaching English and microfinancing to poor village women as part of a Peace Corps project, and young Obama NEVER attended a Muslim school, but rather Santo Fransiskus Asisi (St. Francis of Assisi) Catholic School. The deliberate LIES that Fox News and talk radio spread to crank up anger among older, less educated whites does guarantee them a loyal audience but at the cost of creating a huge group of heavily armed people who sincerely believe in this fictional America of the White House illegally occupied by a foreign Muslium terrorist, with an intense hatred of white people, who is building concentration camps for white people...and Republicans in office openly talk about secession (a new Civil War) or that if Democrats keep winning elections, "patriots" may have to consider "2nd Amendment remedies" A very dangerous political strategy
  • Guest
    Guest
    Hannity states, "Do I like to debate liberal guests on my show?"If by debate, he means shouting his unfounded, misinformed opinions over his guests when he doesn't agree with them, well then, yes he likes to "debate...."
  • Kurt
    Kurt
    Interesting how you just say that with nothing to back up your claim...wait, actually, it's not so interesting. Typical, yes.
  • Blubber Puss 88
    Blubber Puss 88
    All I can see is whale gullet slipper boys, for miles and miles!!!
  • theabby
    theabby
    Hannity states, "Do I like to debate liberal guests on my show?"If by debate, he means shouting his unfounded, misinformed opinions over his guests when he doesn't agree with them, well then, yes he likes to "debate...."
  • Richard Horgan
    Richard Horgan
    Although many other Playboy trails lead to Pauly Shore, I was definitely not expecting him to turn up here as a "huge" Hannity fan. Great interview.
  • Kurt
    Kurt
    "I'll have those n*****s voting Democratic for 200 years." - LBJ, bastion of civil rights, Democrat
  • Dennis Harrell
    Dennis Harrell
    So sick and perverted, thinking that telling lies about our president is patriotic or ethical. You want to know why our country is so divided? Whackjobs like Sean Hannity are the biggest reason. Thanks to Playboy printing this interview, but can you please do an interview with a real journalist, someone with integrity, like Rachel Maddow?
  • theabby
    theabby
    Hannity is a liar of epic proportions. Top ten Hannity lies: (drumroll)10.Hyped RNC’s Doctored Audio of Supreme Court Arguments. Hannity uncritically aired a Republican National Committee (RNC) ad that used audio from Supreme Court oral arguments to attack health care reform — but the audio used in the ad was dishonestly edited. [Media Matters, 3/30/12]9.Distorted CBO Data to Attack Obama. Hannity claimed that a January 2012 Congressional Budget Office (CBO) report showed that if Obama were to win a second term, taxes would “go up 30 percent.” In fact, the report only stated that taxes would increase at such a rate if all the Bush tax cuts were allowed to expire. [Media Matters, 2/2/12]8. Falsely Claimed a White House Adviser “Advocated Compulsory Abortion.” Hannity claimed that White House science and technology adviser John Holdren “advocated compulsory abortion” and sterilization. PolitiFact had previously rated a similar claim — made months earlier by Fox News’ Glenn Beck — “pants on fire” false. [Media Matters, 9/9/09]7. Falsely Claimed Obama Called the Death of Four Americans “Just a Bump in the Road.” Hannity claimed that Obama referred to the death of four Americans in the September 2012 attack on a U.S. compound in Benghazi as “just a bump in the road.” In fact, Obama was referring to the difficulties Arab countries were facing in transitioning from autocratic rule to democracy. [Media Matters, 9/25/12]6. Spread False Report That Egypt Was Considering Necrophilia Bill. Hannity hyped a thinly sourced report from an Egyptian newspaper to claim that the Egyptian government was considering a law that would allow a husband to have sex with his dead wife. The Christian Science Monitor called the story “utter hooey,” and multiple sources later debunked the claim. [Media Matters, 4/30/12; Huffington Post, 4/26/12]5. Hannity’s Special on “Liberal Bias” Featured Wildly Distorted and Out-of-Context Quotes. Hannity’s “Behind the Bias” special, in which he purported to investigate the “bias” of “the mainstream media,” featured multiple deceptively cropped quotes. For example, he played a clip purporting to show that Katie Couric called President Ronald Reagan “an airhead”; in fact, Couric was citing a conclusion from a biography of Reagan. [Media Matters, 4/24/11]4.Cast Doubt on Scientific Consensus About Climate Change. Even though the overwhelming majority of scientists agree that global warming is occurring and is likely caused or exacerbated by human activity, Hannity has repeatedly denied or cast doubt on the existence of climate change. [Media Matters, 12/4/09, 1/13/10, 8/27/10, 11/19/10, 6/24/11]3.Fueled Myth That Obama Is a Muslim. During a segment in March 2011 in which he fueled the smear that Obama was not born in the U.S., Hannity claimed that Obama “went to a Muslim school.” In March 2012, while claiming that he was “not doubting [Obama's] faith,” Hannity said, “[L]ook, he did write about his early years, that he did study the Quran, that one of the most beautiful moments in life was prayer at sunset. So, I mean, he does have that background.” [Media Matters, 3/24/11, 3/21/12]2. Fed the Birther Movement. Hannity repeatedly fed the long-standing smear that Obama was not born in the United States, even after Obama released his birth certificate and multiple fact-checkers debunked the smear. Hannity denied that Obama had shown his birth certificate and once falsely claimed that Obama “grew up in Kenya.” [Media Matters, 3/28/11, 4/20/12]1.Ignored Overwhelming Evidence to Repeatedly Claim Obama’s Policies Have Not Helped Improve the Economy. Hannity has repeatedly claimed that President Obama’s policies have not improved the economy. In fact, numerous economists and independent analysts have noted that many of Obama’s policy achievements, such as the stimulus, have benefited the economy: GDP is growing rather than contracting as it was at the end of 2008, and the economy has added millions of jobs. [Media Matters, 1/13/10, 7/14/11, 2/2/12]
  • Don't trust the MSM
    Don't trust the MSM
    The questions seem pretty hostile. Bet they wouldn't be to Chris Matthews...
  • Geppetto
    Geppetto
    A man incapable of speaking without lying. Even Pinocchio would bow his head in shame at the level of duplicitous hypocrisy.
  • Dennis Harrell
    Dennis Harrell
    Fox has the lock on conservatives. Everyone who considers himself conservative watches Fox. Liberals and middle grounders are spread out among all the other news networks. Of COURSE Fox has the highest ratings. They are also the most lying dishonest network in cable news.
  • dude
    dude
    The "perception among many is that Fox News is out of it"? What "perception"? The reporter's? They lead in the ratings week after week, month after month.
  • Right is Wrong
    Right is Wrong
    I suggest you read Robert Caro's LBJ biography A Path To Power as it is obvious you know nothing about the man you're quoting. But then that is par for the course for miseducated fools that consider Hannity an intellectual. You know nothing Kurt Snow.
  • StewartIII
    StewartIII
    MSNBC as a whole has a history of doing that, still to this day. So Hannity isn't the only one guilty of that, if he's guilty at all. And Hannity is a well-known conservative commentator, not a journalist, so his biases are already out in the open:MSNBC Sloppily Edits Lawmaker To Attack GOP’s ‘Systematic’ ‘Demonization’ Of The Poorhttp://www.mediaite.com/tv/msn...
  • Waaaaaahhhhmbulance Driver
    Waaaaaahhhhmbulance Driver
    Actual facts back him up, something rarely found on Faux News. Typical dismissal of anything that would challenge your bubble world.
  • Me
    Me
    I have a response to the interview with Sean Hannity who is the center of the idiot spotlight, who thinks global warming is a hoax. When his house is underwater, maybe he'll start to wake up. Until then, ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha…
  • Marc Scheel
    Marc Scheel
    I was disappointed that the only letters Playboy printed regarding the interview of Sean Hannity were negative. I have taken the magazine for over 40 years and I support the content of the interview. Not all of the readers are liberals. As a conservative, I thought Sean stated his case and answered well, even if others disagree. As Neil Boortz calls him, Sean "Baby Jesus", is a great guy and speak for we conservatives. He also listens to the other side, sometimes too much for me, but that is fair. Kudos to Sean and continued success.
  • Spencer Jacobson
    Spencer Jacobson
    ha ha they do? It sounded like each was having a good time during the interview with each other. I guess you think everyone that disagrees with you is "hostile" that's kinda sad.
  • Reality is Hard
    Reality is Hard
    So that means Rihanna and Katy Perry are the greatest singers ever? I mean, they top the charts week after week, month after month.
  • Dennis Harrell
    Dennis Harrell
    My favorite Hannity lie can be found on youtube under "moron sean hannity..." Obama was talking about the ethical lapses of insuance companies, saying, "Now, insurance company executives dont do this because theyre bad people, they do it because its profitable." Hannity then came on and.said Obama just called insurance company executives bad people. A simple youtube search turns up many clips of Hannity lying,without even including the standard Fox lies about Fast and Furious, the Benghazi "coverup", the IRS "enemies list", and.any other Fox lie.du jour. For all the genuinely knowledgeable people out there, can you imagine that our country could have ever gotten this polarized and divided without a propaganda news network feeding a steady stream of lies to everybody (everybody who considers himself a conservative watches Fox, and believes it) in one political party?
  • Ckmeagher
    Ckmeagher
    Troubling to read SH spewing lots of misinformation... still, I get the appeal. He makes it sound so simple, doesn't he?
  • Ostrich Wrangler
    Ostrich Wrangler
    MSM? That means the most popular stuff right? So we shouldn't trust Hannity or Rush or Fox News? Apologies if these gotcha questions hurt the pea in your skull. You may return your head to the sandpit.
  • Dennis Harrell
    Dennis Harrell
    Facts CAN be established. Its not like we have to give equal credence to every lie coming from the propaganda right. When Hannity tells a lie, we know it. A simple youtube search of "Sean Hannity lying" turns up lots of lies. The very premise that all the major news networks in the world are lying, taking orders from the White House, and that only Fox is telling the truth is laughable and downright insane. Fast and Furious, the Benghazi "coverup", and the IRS "hitlist" are all proven lies propagated by Fox "news".
  • cinesimon
    cinesimon
    With old people. On cable.
  • theabby
    theabby
    HANNITY: Everybody in her life told her not to marry me. Even the minister who married us pulled her aside and said, “Don’t marry this guy.”She should have listened to them!
  • StewartIII
    StewartIII
    So let me get this straight. Your proof that Hannity is a liar is a video posted by an Obama supporter (strike 1), of FOX News-hater ex-MSNBC's Keith Olbermann (strike 2), showing an edited video of Hannity (strike 3)? Well, there you go. Sorry, but 3 strikes and you're out.
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