A Fox spokesperson did not respond to a request for comment at press time.
"My ANNUAL Memorial Day long weekend starts NOW", Hannity wrote. The show reached 2.5 million viewers, or 50 percent more than it had for the same night a year earlier, the Nielsen company said.
As viewership for Fox continues to plummet weekly, host Sean Hannity has been trying to win viewers the best way Fox knows how to: conspiracy, hysteria, and lies. "And my future at Fox!"
However, after the show, Hannity tweeted saying he was "closer" to the truth "than ever".
Fox News Channel was forced to retract a fake news story - perpetuated by Hannity - Tuesday suggesting Rich, a former Democratic National Committee staffer, was killed in retribution for providing thousands of internal DNC emails to WikiLeaks. "I'm not that type of person you can say, 'Go on air and say this'". "Updates when available. Stay tuned".
Last week, Fox News published a story reporting that Seth Rich had sent 44,053 DNC emails to WikiLeaks, citing a nameless federal investigator who reportedly had access to Rich's computer following the DNC staffer's death. "Upon appropriate review, the article was found not to meet those standards".
Hannity agreed to stop talking about the Rich conspiracy theory on Tuesday night, but by Wednesday morning he was having an angry meltdown on Twitter about "liberal fascists" and George Soros conspiring to silence him.
"This issue is so big now".
The controversy has taken a toll on Hannity's Fox program.
The Chicago-based Cars.com said that it had been "watching closely" and recently made a decision to suspend its backing of Hannity.
But Hannity hasn't yet hemorrhaged as many advertisers as O'Reilly did.
"There's nothing that I did, nothing that I said, except they don't like my position politically".
While all this has been happening, Hannity has been losing advertisers in response to his use and abuse of the memory of a murdered young man to stir up his base and make money, especially on his radio show that is not controlled by Fox News.
Coincidentally, Sean Hannity has made a decision to take a vacation, one that he emphasized on Twitter to be his "ANNUAL" vacation.
Many of Hannity's fans have threatened to counter-boycott companies who pull advertising from the program.
Following his 11 April show, O'Reilly left on holiday but never returned to the network again.
Hannity took aim Wednesday at some of his liberal opponents. I got a very heartfelt note.