Earline Davis, the Obamacare hotline operator who took a call from conservative radio host Sean Hannity on Monday, has apparently been fired over the conversation.
Because his decision to call the operator technically led to her firing, Hannity generously offered the mother of two a year's tax-free salary of $26,000 and also vowed to help find her a new job.
"Earline did NOTHING wrong, she was kind, polite, helpful, honest and extremely patient," Hannity told TheBlaze via email. "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!"
Davis joined Hanniy on the radio again on Thursday afternoon, this time to discuss the details of her termination.
The morning after speaking with Hannity on the air, Davis was led into an HR meeting and told she would be let go because "contact with the media is not allowed."
However, the mother told Hannity that she was not made aware of the rule during her initial operator training.
"I was just out here trying to help everybody," Davis added.
Hannity then apologized for the entire situation and told her, "I don’t want you to have to pay a price just for taking our call… So I want to help you out here."
After talking to his accountant, Hannity discovered he can "legally gift" Davis a tax-free sum -- $13,000 for her and $13,000 for one of her kids. The gift covers what would have been her full-time annual salary.
"I want to try and get you a new job," Hannity continued. "I'm sure you want to get back to a normal routine."
Listen to the entire segment below:
To listen to Hannity's first conversation with Davis -- when she still had a job -- click here.
(H/T: Real Clear Politics)
Editor's note: News outlets have been spelling the now-fired Obamacare hotline operator's name "Erling," but the correct spelling appears to be "Earline."