'I inoculate myself. Germs are not a real thing'

Bila then quipped Hegseth

Bila then quipped Hegseth"might take a chomp out of anything on a table"that's not nailed down"—including mugs

"I inoculate myself", Hegseth continued.

Fox News' @PeteHegseth admits, unprompted, that he hasn't washed his hands in 10 years. "Really, I don't really wash my hands ever", Hegseth stated on Sunday's episode of the show, possibly as his cohosts anticipated chugging bottles of Purell. "I can't see them, therefore they are not real", Hegseth added.

'My 2019 resolution is to say things on air that I say off air.

Some noted that being too obsessed with hygiene could also be a bad thing, by possibly lowering one's natural resistance to germs. "I don't think I've washed my hands for 10 years", Hegseth said, inexplicably.

The President himself is a self-described "clean hands freak", writing in his 1997 book The Art of the Comeback: "I happen to be a clean hands freak".

BIlah asked laughing: "So you're becoming immune to all the bacteria?"

In his 1997 book, The Art of the Comeback, Mr Trump wrote: "One of the curses of American society is the simple act of shaking hands, and the more successful and famous one becomes the worse this awful custom seems to get".

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Hegseth admitted to the gross fact shortly after his co-hosts had been taking the piss out of him for eating day-old, leftover pizza.

'Ewwwwww! Not something to brag about, ' wrote one.

You might think this would be Hegseth's chance to back off and call the whole thing a joke gone awry or a television gaffe.

Joke or not, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, washing your hands is vital in the prevention of illnesses and the spread of infections.

But in wake of the outroar caused by his comments, Hesgeth came forward and said he was clearly just joking and that the conversation was "banter".

Germs and microbes have been observed in pretty much every environment on Earth, from our food, to the soil in which it grows, and the hands of the humans that produce and prepare it.

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