Sean Hannity slammed Jimmy Kimmel on Tuesday night – reminding the late-night host of the insensitive things he’s done on his own show after Kimmel made an off-color comment about the Fox News host’s interview with Caitlyn Jenner.
Jenner, who is transgender and is running for governor of California, sat down with Hannity for a Q&A last week. Kimmel’s response: ‘Is it transphobic to call a trans person an ignorant a-hole?’
That didn’t sit well with Hannity, who fired back on Tuesday, warning Kimmel not to talk about his show.
‘This is you: an ignorant a**hole,’ Hannity said, reminding the host of ‘all the crap’ Kimmel’s done over the years – and warning him he’d take his concerns higher.
‘If he wants me to remind his bosses back at Disney of all the crap he’s done over the years … I’ll be glad to,’ Hannity said.
Kimmel has been slapped down for insensitive skits in the past, including one in which he donned blackface when playing NBA player Karl Malone.
In another, he put a cucumber down his pants in a crude skit that Hannity referenced in which women had to guess what was in his trousers.
‘Let’s take a trip down memory lane,’ Hannity said. ‘Don’t talk about my show anymore,’ he said.
Jenner had come under fire by for comments she made that some people interpreted as insensitive about California’s out-of-control homeless population.
Sean Hannity took aim at Jimmy Kimmel after the late night host mocked the Fox News anchor’s interview with Caitlyn Jenner over her tone deaf comments about homelessness in California
My friends are leaving California,’ Jenner said on Hannity’s show. ‘My hangar – the guy across – he was packing up his hangar, and I said, ‘Where are you going?’ And he says, ‘I’m moving to Sedona, Arizona. I can’t take it anymore. I can’t walk down the streets and see the homeless.”
In Los Angeles alone, for example, the homeless population had soared to nearly 70,000 in 2020 – a nearly 13 percent increase from 2019, according to a city count – and many consider that an undercount.
California’s homeless population has indeed exploded, but Kimmel and some others on social media said Jenner’s comments were insensitive.
Meanwhile, Hannity said to Kimmel: ‘There are homeless people all over your state.’ How about doing something to help them, he said, instead of making rude comments about Jenner, who has identified in the past as a Republican, but now calls herself fiscally conservative but socially liberal.
‘Jimmy, what is with all the anger and all the cheap shots? Don’t you have anything better to do? Maybe actually trying to be funny or boost your dismal ratings,’ Hannity said.
‘You talk about my show, I’ll hit you back 50 times harder.’
Hannity shared segments of The Man Show, which featured a blackface sketch that Kimmel apologized for last year.
Hannity called Kimmel a ‘far-left, low-rated late-night host.’
Kimmel had called out Jenner for her remarks on homeless people.
‘This is how well Caitlyn Jenner understands the plight of everyday Californians here in LA,’ he said, in reference to her comments about her friend at the airplane hanger.
‘Ah, homeless people: can’t walk around them, can’t fly over them,’ he added.
Hannity called out Kimmel after the late-night host went after his interview with Jenner. During the segment, Jenner, a former Olympian and reality TV star, told Hannity that her friends are leaving California due to the rise in homelessness
During Kimmel’s segment, he asked: ‘Is it transphobic to call a trans person an ignorant a**hole?’
Kimmel then asked: ‘Is it transphobic to call a trans person an ignorant a**hole? Or does calling that trans person an ignorant a**hole — even though she happens to be a trans person — show that we don’t discriminate against ignorant a**holes, no matter their gender orientation? It’s a tough one. I don’t know, I guess we’ll let the Internet decide tomorrow.’
Jenner announced her candidacy about two weeks ago in a written statement on Twitter.
Prior to the interview, she has posted on Twitter and released a video and other materials on her website that provided only a rough sketch of how she would manage the nation’s most populous state.
During her wide-ranging chat with Hannity, Jenner said she would reopen the state immediately after more than a year of pandemic restrictions, opposed efforts to defund police departments and suggested that funds from the state’s troubled high-speed rail project should be channeled into desalination plants to provide more water in the drought-prone state.
While discussing her place as a transgender role model, Jenner lamented the high suicide rate within the community and added, ‘For me to be a role model for them, to be out there. I am running for governor of the state of California, who would ever thunk that? We’ve never even had a woman governor.’
More than a week ago, Jenner witnessed an outcry from many in the transgender community after she told TMZ that she opposes transgender girls competing in girls’ sports at school, calling it ‘a question of fairness’.
She hinted she would have more to say on the issue.
‘I just said biological boys in sports. There’s more to it than that, and I think in the future I will explain more of that,’ she added.
During the interview, which took place at Jenner’s private airplane hangar near Malibu, California, she also endorsed the border wall that was a signature project for former President Donald Trump.
‘We can’t have a state, we can’t have a country without a secure wall,’ Jenner said.