Sean Hannity revealed Monday evening that his vocal support of Joy Reid during a time when her position at MSNBC seemed to be in serious jeopardy went a long way in helping her keep her job, and that the MSNBC host sent him a letter of gratitude in response.

The stunning bit of inter-cable news support news came as Hannity was interviewing former Senator Rick Santorum, who for many years provided a conservative voice on CNN, but was recently ousted from that role after comments he made about Native Americans.

“I don’t believe in boycotts, senator,” Hannity noted. “I have never supported one. I never will. I don’t want Bill Maher fired. I — as a matter of fact, I defended him and did not want him fired from ABC at the time.”