Sean Hannity Set for Super Bowl Pre-Game Interview With President Trump

Variety | 1/1/2020 | Brian Steinberg
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Sean Hannity has talked with President Donald Trump many times, but never quite like this.

Hannity is the latest TV-news personality to take on what has in recent years developed into a Super Bowl Sunday tradition: a pre-game interview with the President of the United States. Savannah Guthrie, Gayle King and Bill O’Reilly are among the big names that have tackled the tricky assignment in the past decade. This year, Hannity, the longtime Fox News host and political firebrand, says the only pressure he feels is to deliver what he thinks the audience at home is craving.

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“I want to make sure I put myself in the position of somebody at home, hanging out with friends and waiting for the game to start,” Hannity tells Variety. He intends to query President Trump on his feelings regarding the impeachment trial in the Senate, the state of the economy and the recent death of Iranian general Qasem Soleimani. But he thinks the crowds at home will also want to get Trump’s take on the big football game of the day and his predictions about which team might win.

Hannity isn’t the first Fox News opinion host to take on this job. O’Reilly did pre-game interviews with President Barack Obama in 2011 and 2014. But Hannity will do the job at a time when the America’s body politic is more polarized than ever, and he will have to navigate the fact that the interview appears on Fox Broadcast Co. on a day when TV’s largest audience of the year tunes in to relax. He’s not holding court as usual at on “Hannity” at 9 p.m. weeknights, when viewers come to hear a more partisan take on current events.

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Keeping the audience in mind, says Hannity, may help. “It’s a nice, fun American day,” Hannity says. “What do...
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