Fox News host Sean Hannity opened up about his friendly relationship with Democratic California Gov. Gavin Newsom in an interview with the Los Angeles Times.
“From the first time we met, we just hit it off, and there was a certain relationship that developed that was like, ‘Oh, come on, you don’t believe all that,’” Hannity said of the governor during an interview at Fox News’ headquarters in New York, the Times reported Sunday.
“It was always friendly and never contentious. You can say anything to him. You can have fun with him,” Hannity added.
Despite hailing from opposite ends of the political spectrum, Hannity and Newsom have made major joint appearances in recent months, notably a June interview in Sacramento, California, for Fox News and a follow-up on Sept. 27 following the Republican presidential debate at the Ronald Reagan Library in Simi Valley, California.
Hannity also managed to persuade Newsom to debate Republican presidential candidate and Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis in a special Thursday segment on Fox News called “The Great Red vs. Blue State Debate,” according to the Times.
Such appearances by two high-profile individuals from both parties not running against each other are rare, making the Thursday segment “unusual,” the newspaper reported.
With Hannity moderating, DeSantis and Newsom are slated to discuss issues ranging from immigration and the economy to gun rights, including Newsom’s proposal for a 28th Amendment to the Constitution to regulate firearms, according to Politico.
The relationship between Newsom and Hannity dates back to when Newsom would drop by Fox News’ Manhattan studios to see his then-wife, Kimberly Guilfoyle, the outlet reported Monday. She is now engaged to Donald Trump Jr.
“I can’t give you a date or a specific memory,” Hannity said of his first time meeting and getting to know Newsom, according to Politico.
“All I do remember is that on a personal level, he’s extraordinarily personable. Just like Governor DeSantis is.”
“We hit it off. We just kind of hit it off. I respect both people at a very high level. I really do,” Hannity said.
This week’s reports about their relationship haven’t been well received by some on social media.
Always knew Hannity was establishment
— John J. Trotta IV (@tpajohn) November 28, 2023
Hannity is on the uniparty side!
— Red Eared Slider (@george_nasif) November 28, 2023
Two snakes slithering through the grass…..
— dented_halo 🇺🇸 (@Desert_Dawn04) November 28, 2023
News of Newsom’s amicable relationship with Hannity comes as the governor has gone on the offensive in campaigning for Democratic positions in red states.
He has bought up television ads and billboards in Florida and Texas seeking to push back against California’s perception among conservatives as a failed, drug-ridden, lawless state, according to the Times.
This article appeared originally on The Western Journal.