>> Fox News is standing by its star conservative host, Sean Hannity. The network on Tuesday released a statement saying, quote, while Fox news was unaware of Sean Hannity's informal relationship with Michael Cohen and was surprised by the announcement in court yesterday, we have reviewed the matter and spoken to Sean and he continues to have our full support.
Cohen who is the president's personal attorney and he's under criminal investigation was forced to reveal in New York Federal Court on Monday that Hannity was his client. On his prime time opinion, Monday Night, Hannity stuck to his response posted on Twitter earlier in the day almost word for word.
Reuters correspondent Jessica Toonkel.>> Sean Hannity is very important to Fox News. He had three million viewers in March. Fox News is very important to Fox. You have Disney buying a bulk of Fox, Fox News and Sports is gonna become its own company. And they're gonna need Sean Hannity to continue to make Fox News the revenue generator that it is.
Over the past couple years, Fox News has lost Meghan Kelly, Gretchen Carlson, and Bill O'Reilly. A lot of advertisers also left temporarily because of that. So the importance of keeping Sean Hannity is even higher than it ever was.>> Hannity is one of Trump's most ardent defenders and Monday's revelation has raised questions about the TV host's frequent on air defense of Cohen without disclosing his relationship with him.
The FBI raided Cohen's home, and offices last week seeking information about $130,000 payment made by Cohen to porn star Stormy Daniels just before the 2016 election, which prosecutors are probing as a possible campaign law violation as well as bank fraud and tax fraud.