Fox News host Sean Hannity exceeded TV legend Larry King on Thursday when he became the longest-running prime-time cable news host. Hannity, 60, had spearheaded Fox News’s prime-time programs for 25 consecutive years, six months, and 15 days when he broke King's record, according to a Fox News statement. [tweet_embed] April 24, 2022[/tweet_embed] "Sean's authenticity and insightful commentary have created one of the most enduring connections with our audience, and it's been an honor to watch him over the years," Fox News Media CEO Suzanne Scott said. Hannity joined Fox News in 1996, the same year the channel launched. "A Fox News original, he has helped innovate the industry, and we are incredibly proud of his extraordinary success," Scott said. Hannity praised Fox News and his viewers for the time he had spent hosting in a prime-time slot. [tweet_embed] April 24, 2022[/tweet_embed] "I am extremely grateful to Fox News Media and to our loyal, dedicated viewers whom I am proud to serve every night," he said. Fox News lauded its longtime host in a statement praising Hannity's milestone accomplishment. "Hannity's ratings success has spanned each of his [prime-time] [time slots] over the last 25 years," the statement read. "His eponymous program has dominated the cable news landscape, ranking number one in its time slot with both viewers and in the 25-54 demographic for 13 consecutive years since launching as a solo hour in January 2009," Fox News said. Hannity has consistently dominated the rating race, beating out competitors at rival networks MSNBC and CNN. The latest figures from Wednesday night indicate that 2.67 million viewers tuned in to “Hannity” — well ahead of second-place Rachel Maddow, whose MSNBC show was watched by 1.78 million people. Following from afar is CNN, which has yet to fill the 9 pm time slot vacated by the fired Chris Cuomo. Hannity, who is also a syndicated radio talk show host, began his Fox News career co-hosting “Hannity & Colmes” alongside the late Alan Colmes. Colmes, who spent 13 years alongside Hannity until leaving the network in 2009, died in 2017 at the age of 66. King, the longtime host of CNN’s “Larry King Live,” died last year. He was 87 years old. [tweet_embed] April 24, 2022[/tweet_embed] King had been hospitalized with Covid-19 in late December at Cedars-Sinai, a source close to the family said at the time. He battled a number of health problems over the years, suffering several heart attacks. In 1987, he underwent quintuple bypass surgery, inspiring him to establish the Larry King Cardiac Foundation to provide assistance to those without insurance.