|Hannity & Colmes|
Former title card for Hannity & Colmes
|Presented by|| Sean Hannity |
|Country of origin||United States|
|Production location(s)||New York City|
|Running time||60 minutes|
|Original network||Fox News|
|Picture format||480i NTSC|
|Original release||October 7, 1996 –|
January 9, 2009
Hannity & Colmeswas an American live television showon Fox News in the United States, hosted by Sean Hannity and Alan Colmes, who respectively presented a conservative and liberal perspective. The series premiered on October 7, 1996, and the final episode aired on January 9, 2009. It was the precursor to the Hannity program, which later aired in the same time slot. The show offered Hannity's conservative views and Colmes's liberal views incorporated into a current news story, or in conjunction with a featured guest.
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I think I'm quite moderate ... I follow Limbaugh on about 100 stations and I precede other conservatives, so I may be the only person giving a different point of view.