NASSAU COUNTY, N.Y. – Fox News host and widely syndicated conservative radio host Sean Hannity today announced that he was leaving the Internet because a quote from New York Governor Andrew Cuomo denigrating conservatives had been re-tweeted multiple times.
“I want to tell you something,” said Hannity on his program. “I’ve been online for a long time. I had an AOL account. Compuserve. Prodigy. All of that. Hell, I warned people about the evils of Bill Clinton over Telnet back in the day. But when I saw [Governor] Cuomo’s tweet bad-mouthing conservatives like me.. well I can’t wait to leave the Internet once and for all. I really can’t.”
The decision to leave the Internet comes on the heels of Hannity’s earlier announcement that he planned on moving away from his life-long home state of New York. The choice to abandon New York came after Governor Cuomo was quoted as saying about far-right Republican candidates, “If they are extreme conservatives, they have no place in the state of New York because that’s not what New Yorkers are.”
“I can’t wait to sell my house [in New York] to somebody who wants it,” responded Hannity. “I can’t wait to pay no state income tax down in Florida or Texas. I haven’t decided yet, but I’m leaning Florida because I like the water and I like to fish.”
Similar to his decision to abandon New York, Hannity was looking forward to new opportunities opening up for him once he left the Internet. ”I’m going to leave and I’m going to take all my Facebook likes with me- every single share,” he added. “I’m really looking forward to getting my news via carrier pigeon. I hear there’s a lot of that offline.”
Should he follow through on his threat, Hannity will follow in the footsteps of conservative radio hosts Rush Limbaugh and Glenn Beck who also left New York- to Florida in Limbaugh’s case, and to Texas in Beck’s- and then proceeded to leave the Internet never to be heard from again.