Sean Hannity is singing a new tune after a softball interview with U.S. Senate hopeful Roy Moore on damning allegations of child molestation.
Facing an exodus of advertisers, the Fox News host gave the firebrand jurist until Wednesday night to disprove the harrowing claims of sexual misconduct five women have lodged against him.
And he if can’t, Hannity wants him to drop out of the heated Senate race.
“For me, the judge has 24 hours,” Hannity said on his Tuesday night broadcast. “You must immediately and fully come up with a satisfactory explanation for your inconsistencies.”
Hannity said the allegations spelled out by each of the women “should be taken seriously. They should be fully investigated.”
“You must remove any doubt. If you can’t do this, then Judge Moore needs to get out of this race,” he added.
Hannity did not elaborate on what would happen if Moore failed to clear up the allegations before his deadline.
Roy Moore has griped that the media only wants to talk about the allegations that he dated teenagers.
Moore addressed the sex misconduct claims again on Tuesday and said he is being “harassed” by members of the media.
“I’m now facing allegations. That’s all the press wants to talk about. I want to talk about the issues. Where this country is going,” Moore said from the Walker Springs Road Baptist Church in Jackson, Ala.
Hannity’s shift comes as Keurig and Realtor.com revoke major ad deals for Hannity’s primetime show after a deluge of complaints Saturday from Twitter users slamming the conservative radio host’s lenient coverage.
During the Hannity interview, Moore admitted to dating teens when he was in his 30s but said the alleged sexual contact with a 14-year-old girl “never happened.”
Hannity initially suggested Moore’s alleged contact with the teenager was “consensual” before distancing himself from the remark.
“I apologize when I misspoke and was not totally clear earlier today,” Hannity tweeted.