UPDATE, 2:42 PM PT: Neil Cavuto told viewers of Fox News’ Your World with Neil Cavuto on Monday that his absence went unexplained out of his desire for privacy as he battled Covid pneumonia which put him in intensive care.
“I wasn’t hiding anything,” Cavuto said. “I just felt that it really wasn’t a story. The stories on this show were and are the story. It’s about you, not about me. Just like this show. My opinion doesn’t matter. What matters is the news. What matters is you.”
Cavuto also told viewers that “the vaccine didn’t cause this. That grassy knoll theory has come up a lot that I really have to put it to rest. My very compromised immune system did. Because I’ve had cancer and now have Multiple Sclerosis, I’m among the vulnerable three percent of the population or so that simply cannot sustain the full benefits of a vaccine. In other words, it doesn’t last.
“But let me be clear, doctors say had I not been vaccinated at all, I wouldn’t be here. It provided some defense, but that is still better than no defense. Maybe not great comfort for some of you. I’ve got to be honest, frankly, it was not great comfort for me either!”
He also read some of the humorous viewer reaction to his return earlier in the day on Fox Business Network. One viewers named Lisa, he noted, “thought I had died, ‘…and Fox just forgot to say anything about it.'”
“Or Janice, who kindly noted, ‘Dead or alive, as long as he isn’t on my TV, it’s a good day.’ Well sorry about today then, Janice. Well once FBN viewers finally saw me, I thought they’d be delighted. Not quite.”
PREVIOUSLY: Neil Cavuto returned to the anchor chair on his Fox Business Network show Cavuto Coast to Coast on Monday for the first time since January 10, saying he had been battling Covid pneumonia which put him in intensive care. It was previously unknown why he had been away.
“I did get Covid again…but a far, far more serious strand…what doctors call Covid pneumonia,” Covuto told his viewers today about his second bout with coronavirus. “It landed me in intensive care for quite a while and it really was touch-and-go.”
He continued, “No, the vaccine didn’t cause that. That grassy knoll theory has come up a lot. My very compromised immune system did. Because I’ve had cancer and right now I have Multiple Sclerosis, I’m among the vulnerable three percenters or so of the population that cannot sustain the full benefits of a vaccine. In other words, it simply doesn’t last.
“But let me be clear, doctors say had I not been vaccinated at all, I wouldn’t be here. It provided some defense, but that is still better than no defense. Maybe not great comfort for some of you. And frankly, not great comfort for me either!
“This was scary. How scary? I’m talking, ‘Ponderosa suddenly out of the prime rib in the middle of the buffet line scary!’ That’s how scary.”
See the video below.
Cavuto thanked Fox News for “honoring my wishes, out of respect for my privacy” by not revealing why he had not been working. “I wasn’t really hiding anything. I just felt I wasn’t the story,” he said. “The stories on this show were and are the story. It’s about you, it’s not about me. Just like this show. My opinions don’t matter. You matter. The news matters.”
“So, now you know the story,” he said. “Time to get back to far more important matters. And now…I will.”
David Asman, Jackie DeAngelis and Ashley Webster had been taking turns hosting the FBN program for more than a month, while Sandra Smith, Charles Payne and Edward Lawrence were doing the same on Cavuto’s Fox News duties.
Fox News/Business host Neil Cavuto explains on air that he was out for a while because he was hospitalized with Covid, adds, "doctors say that had I not been vaccinated at all, I wouldn't be here."
"I'm not here to debate vaccinations for you. Just offer an explanation for me." pic.twitter.com/DwI5dKZAL3
— Aaron Rupar (@atrupar) February 21, 2022
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