"I was not mentally bruised because my father hit me with a belt," he exclaimed while manically thrashing a leather strap against his desk on live national television. "I got it like this. Bam. Bam... I deserved it, I was a troubled kid," continued the Fox News host.
Hannity did at least admit that Peterson had "gone too far", explaining: "I don't want to see this guy get a felony, I don't want to see this guy lose his job. He deserves parenting classes."