Tucker Carlson Mocks CDC Chicken Kissing Rules With Bachelor's Tiara Soleim

Fox News host Tucker Carlson hosted a former contestant on The Bachelor on Friday to criticize guidance from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention about kissing poultry.

Tiara Soleim appeared on season 20 of The Bachelor in 2016 but she spoke to Carlson in her capacity as a self-styled "chicken enthusiast" and explained that she commonly kissed and cuddled her chickens.

"Don't kiss or snuggle backyard poultry, and don't eat or drink around them," the CDC advised on Thursday. "This can spread Salmonella germs to your mouth and make you sick."

In a brief video before the interview, Soleim described her chickens as her "babies" and discussed her "one special chicken" named Sheila, calling her "my one true love."

"It feels like you've been singled out by the CDC for criticism," Carlson told Soleim. "How does that feel?"

Soleim was joined on-air by a live chicken, which she was holding in her arms throughout her discussion with Carlson. She later revealed it was a rooster named Bad Boy Halo.

"I'm not a huge fan of it because I've been handling chickens since I was about four-years-old," Soleim said.

"And I've been kissing them, snuggling them, shoving my face in them, and I'm fine. People around me are fine. And I don't see a problem with it," she said.

Soleim said the CDC was "just looking for something else to control."

"I'm just gonna keep doing what I'm doing. I'm gonna keep loving on my birds and showing them my affection," Soleim said.

Soleim told the Fox News personality that she owns 30 chickens and Carlson asked her: "Do they sleep on the bed?"

"When I've hatched chicks, I have been known to bring them inside, I'll like roll 'em up in a towel and they'll sleep next to me and it will be like a chicken burrito," Soleim said.

"And sometimes they'll come inside if I need to give them a bath or clean them or stuff, but they're pretty comfortable inside," she said.

The CDC issued detailed information on recent salmonella outbreaks linked to backyard poultry on Thursday, reporting that 163 people had fallen ill across 43 states and 34 people had been hospitalized. No one has died, however.

"Backyard poultry, like chicken and ducks, can carry Salmonella germs even if they look healthy and clean. These germs can easily spread to anything in the areas where they live and roam," the CDC said.

"You can get sick from touching your backyard poultry or anything in their environment and then touching your mouth or food, and swallowing Salmonella germs."

Newsweek has asked the CDC for comment.

A Chicken in San Francisco in 2009
A chicken walks through Heidi Kooy's yard which she calls the "Itty Bitty Farm in the City" November 16, 2009 in San Francisco, California. The CDC has advised people not to kiss or cuddle poultry. Justin Sullivan/Getty Images