In 1996 Fox News hired him as the conservative cohost of Hannity & Colmes, which set him beside the more-liberal Alan Colmes. Relocating to New York City, Hannity began working for New York’s talk-radio station WABC as well, as host of The Sean Hannity Show (1998– ), which was eventually syndicated on more than 500 stations in the United States. He also hosted the Fox News Channel show Hannity’s America, a weekly conservative current-affairs program. Following the end of Hannity & Colmes in 2009, Hannity assumed the time slot once occupied by the cohosted show. During the presidential election of 2016, Hannity was an outspoken supporter of the Republican nominee Donald J. Trump and an ardent critic of Trump’s Democratic opponent, Hillary Clinton. Following Trump’s election as president in November, Hannity became known as Trump’s most reliable defender among political commentators on television.