Jon Lovitz Tells Fox News There's No Backlash in Hollywood for His Anti-Obama Rant (Video)
Jon Lovitz said that his well-publicized rant against President Barack Obama, where he called him an “f---ing asshole” for encouraging class warfare, might have been a good career move.
Speaking on Thursday to Sean Hannity on the Fox News Channel -- where the Saturday Night Live alum has appeared multiple times since his anti-Obama outburst hit the Internet six weeks ago -- Lovitz said job offers have been pouring in.
A surprised Hannity, who has said many times on TV and radio that Hollywood is hostile to those who don’t toe the liberal line, introduced Lovitz with: “He says he’s receiving calls of support within the entertainment community.”
“I found out a TV show I did a pilot of, I’m pretty sure it got picked up today,” Lovitz said. “I’m getting book offers, I’m getting other TV offers, I’m getting movie offers. There’s been no backlash because what I said is true.”
RealClearPolitics.com was among the earliest sites to post the clip, and it quickly took off from there, becoming nearly as viral as the original rant that made Lovitz -- a self-described "liberal" -- suddenly a darling of conservative media.
The rant in question took place several months ago at Lovitz’s comedy club at Universal CityWalk in Los Angeles. There, while interviewed by filmmaker Kevin Smith, Lovitz went on a profanity-laced tear that included: “This whole thing with Obama saying the rich don’t pay their taxes is f---ing bullshit, and I voted for the guy and I’m a Democrat. What a f---ing asshole!”
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The event was recorded and released as a podcast in late April.
Also on Thursday's Hannity, Lovitz mocked the president for what he perceives as demonizing the rich while also courting their favor.
“You know, they’re not paying their fair share of taxes, now I’m going over to George Clooney’s house to get money from the millionaires and billionaires,” Lovitz said, imitating Obama and referencing a recent fundraising dinner at the star's house. “And he collected $15 million!”
Lovitz ended on a note of encouragement for Hannity.
“I hope you and Al Franken make up and become friends, “ he said.
“Hell will freeze over first,” Hannity responded. Full video of the interview is below: