After speaking with conservative talk show host Sean Hannity earlier in the week, former Obamacare hotline operator Earline Davis was fired. But the talk show host decided to make it right by giving her a year's salary -- $26,000 -- and offered to help her find a new job, The Blaze reported Thursday.
Hannity called the Obamacare hotline -- a number that comes one letter short of spelling an obscenity -- and spoke with Davis on Monday.
But the contractor did not appreciate her speaking to the media and terminated her rather harshly.
“The day I received the call from the radio station, I had to go pick up my best friend that night, and then someone was like, ‘Someone was looking for you,’” she explained. “But, I don’t know who that person is. So I was like, well I’m going to come back here in the morning because I had to go back to work. So the next day I came back and they had, like, two people escort me upstairs to H.R. And then it was three head people and me, we sat down, and so I’m like, ‘Why am I up here?’ I figured, OK, they want to talk about the phone call incident.”
“Then the lady sitting behind the desk — I don’t know what their name is, but the lady that was sitting behind the desk, I guess called up another head lady, and they had her on speakerphone on her cell phone, so the lady was talking, and I couldn’t really understand what she was saying because she had me on speakerphone,” Davis added. “I remember her saying, ‘We can’t have this type of stuff going on here, so we have to release you.’ But they had locked the doors and everything. They locked both of the doors. I guess they didn’t want anybody to come in there. So when she told me they had to release me, that’s when I put my name tag, my badge, on the desk, and something was going wrong with my cell phone. So that’s when I tried to call my ride to come pick me up, but the lady next to me was just, like, being rude, and she had, like, an attitude.”
Hannity told The Blaze in an email Davis "did NOTHING wrong, she was kind, polite, helpful, honest and extremely patient.”
“The president said we should call, and I did, and Earline did what she was hired to do. How sad she got fired and Kathleen Sebelius still has her job," he added.
Hannity apologized and said he didn't want Davis -- a mother of two -- to pay a price for his call.
After talking to his accountant, he found that he could legally "gift" Davis a tax-free sum — $13,000 for her and $13,000 for one of her children, an amount that would have been her full-time annual salary.
“I want to try and get you a new job,” Hannity told Davis. “I’m sure you want to get back to a normal routine."
Hannity's first conversation with Davis can be heard here.
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