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This week, Fox News host Sean Hannity became the longest-running primetime cable news host in TV history. He’s the new king —literally. The previous record was held by the late Larry King.

“[Hannity’s] eponymous hour-long nightly commentary program has ranked #1 in total viewers in addition to winning the key demo for 13 consecutive years since its January 2009 launch,” Forbes reports.

“Eventually,” the Long Island native told Forbes reporter Andy Meek in a phone interview, “you realize if you’re going to be successful, you’ve got to be who you really are.

“I’m very clear with my audience that as a member of the press, I also give opinion,” Hannity says. “I don’t hide my conservatism. I’m a registered conservative. I tell people who I’m voting for, what politicians I like and why I like them. So that’s sort of like the editorial in the Op-Ed pages of a newspaper. And then we do culture and sports. So what I say is, as a member of the press, I’m like a whole newspaper.”

“I look at a lot of competitors out there who claim they’re journalists,” Hannity told me, “and they’re not. They’re talk show hosts like I am. And I think they’re dishonest about who they are.”

“People will often say to me, ‘You’re not a journalist. And I’ll say, you’re right! I’m a member of the press. But I do do journalism, and I can produce for you literally thousands of hours of radio and TV where I do straight news.”

“I don’t really pay a lot of attention to what the critics say,” Hannity says. “A long time ago, whatever switch you’re supposed to have that cares about what other people think — that switch is long gone. I don’t care. What I do care about is doing the best shows I can do. Every day. Three hours on radio, and one hour at night, and that’s where my focus is.”

Read the full interview over at Forbes: