Sean Hannity escalated his war of words with Jimmy Kimmel Thursday evening, tweeting a video from Kimmel’s tenure on “The Man Show” when the comedian asks various women to touch his crotch. One of the women on tape said she was 18.
While “The Man Show” was always kind of cringe-worthy in hindsight, its segments are particularly at odds today amid the broader MeToo movement and with Kimmel’s new persona hosting “Jimmy Kimmel Live!” on ABC.
Hannity’s response came after Kimmel used his Thursday night show to lace into the Fox News host for calling him an “a–clown” earlier in the week.
“This is the guy who defended the multiply-alleged pedophile Roy Moore,” Kimmel said. “And I’m a despicable disgrace. I’m the a- clown. Here’s the thing. If I’m an a- clown, and I might very well be, you, Sean, are the whole a- circus. You’re the juggler, you’re the trapeze artist, you are the a- lion tamer and the a- human cannonball all jammed into one little car. You are the Ringling Brothers and Barnum and Bailey of A- Clownsmanship.”
The origin of the feud was a Kimmel segment joking about Melania Trump reading to children at the annual White House Easter Egg roll. In his monologue Monday — yes this goes back to Monday — Kimmel mocked the first lady’s accent.
“About dees and dat. Guillermo, you realize what this means?” Kimmel said to sidekick Guillermo Rodriguez. “You could be first lady of the United States.”
In addition to Hannity, the moment was offensive enough for Kimmel to receive a scolding on “Fox & Friends” this week as well.