President Donald Trump is getting his wish: the return of Fox News weekend host Jeanine Pirro.
Sean Hannity, the cable network's leading host, Wednesday told Trump that Pirro, who hasn't hosted her show the past two weeks after controversial comments regarding a Muslim member of Congress, will be back Saturday.
During a telephone interview Wednesday on "Hannity," Trump listed media personalities he feels have treated him fairly, including radio hosts Rush Limbaugh and Mark Levin; Hannity's Fox News colleagues Laura Ingraham and Jesse Watters; the hosts of "Fox and Friends" and Pirro.
After Trump mentioned Pirro, he added, "I hope Jeanine's back soon," a reference to her absence from her program since she questioned U.S. Rep. Ilhan Omar's hijab and patriotism on the air. Fox News condemned Pirro's remarks and later pulled "Justice With Judge Jeanine," citing "scheduling matters."
Hannity quickly interjected: "She's back Saturday," before the president continued his answer.
When contacted for comment after Hannity's reference to Pirro, Fox News referred USA TODAY to news articles referencing Pirro's upcoming return.
Trump has been publicly campaigning for the return of the TV host, a strong advocate of the president, since March 17, the day after her initial absence.
At that time, the network wouldn't elaborate on why Pirro's show didn't air other than mentioning "scheduling matters."
Pirro has been embroiled in controversy following a segment early this month, where she questioned if Omar's headscarf means the Minnesota congresswoman prioritizes Sharia law above the U.S. Constitution she took an oath to protect and defend.
"Omar wears the hijab, which according to the Quran 33:59, tells women to cover so they won’t get molested," Pirro said during her "Opening Statement" segment on March 10. "Is her adherence to this Islamic doctrine indicative of her adherence to Sharia law, which in itself is antithetical to the United States Constitution?"
It's not unusual for Pirro to get criticized for the things she says on the air, but it is slightly out of the ordinary for the rebukes to come from within Fox News itself.
In a statement to USA TODAY, Fox said, "We strongly condemn Jeanine Pirro’s comments about Rep. Ilhan Omar. They do not reflect those of the network and we have addressed the matter with her directly."
Fox staffer Hufsa Kamal made a personal appeal to her colleague: "@JudgeJeanine, can you stop spreading this false narrative that somehow Muslims hate America or women who wear a hijab aren’t American enough? You have Muslims working at the same network you do, including myself."
@JudgeJeanine can you stop spreading this false narrative that somehow Muslims hate America or women who wear a hijab aren’t American enough? You have Muslims working at the same network you do, including myself. K thx. https://t.co/ZfKhRhlvM3— Hufsa Kamal (@hufkat) March 10, 2019
Pirro's remarks prompted several advertisers to leave her show, including drugmaker Novo Nordisk. "We respect each person’s right to express their thinking and beliefs, however, we are re-evaluating our advertising on this program at this time," the company said in a statement to USA TODAY.
Pirro received Trump's support on Twitter on March 17.
"Bring back @JudgeJeanine Pirro," Trump tweeted. "The Radical Left Democrats, working closely with their beloved partner, the Fake News Media, is using every trick in the book to SILENCE a majority of our Country. They have all out campaigns against @FoxNews hosts who are doing too well."
Bring back @JudgeJeanine Pirro. The Radical Left Democrats, working closely with their beloved partner, the Fake News Media, is using every trick in the book to SILENCE a majority of our Country. They have all out campaigns against @FoxNews hosts who are doing too well. Fox .....— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) March 17, 2019
In another tweet, Trump said the network's competitors are only jealous of their ratings adding, "they all want what you’ve got - NUMBER ONE."
Contributing: Jayme Deerwester, Mike Snider, Bill Keveney and The Associated Press
This article originally appeared on USA TODAY: Sean Hannity tells President Trump that suspended host Jeanine Pirro will be back Saturday