8:52pm PT by Katie Kilkenny
Jimmy Kimmel Fires Back at Sean Hannity After Criticism of Melania Trump Jokes: "He's Lost His Mind"
Jimmy Kimmel is responding after Fox News host Sean Hannity attacked the Jimmy Kimmel Live! host's jokes about first lady Melania Trump this week.
On Monday, Kimmel joked about the first lady's role in the White House Easter Egg Roll, saying that there was "not a chance she did one thing to help set that up" and impersonating her accent while she read children a picture book. "You know what this means: You could be first lady of the United States," he told his audience.
Kimmel's remarks were slammed by Fox & Friends and the Hannity host on Thursday morning, with Hannity calling the segment "brutal" and Kimmel a "despicable disgrace." Hannity added, "Ass clown Kimmel. Now I'm gonna tell you something. What a disgrace. Hey, uh, Mr. Kimmel, she speaks five languages. How many languages do you speak?"
In his response on Live! on Thursday night, Kimmel homed in on Hannity's use of the insult "ass clown." "What is an ass clown? I was thinking about it this morning; is it an ass that's a clown or a clown that lives in an ass, like a little Bozo bird in your butt cheeks? I honestly don't know. And more importantly, why is Sean Hannity fantasizing about clowns in the ass? Is this your thing at night? At 2 a.m., you got your laptop open to Breitbart, you sneak to hump a pillow from the Ivanka Trump collection, quietly, so your wife doesn't wake up and make you go to church?" Kimmel asked.
"Sean Hannity's problem is, for eight years while Obama was president, he was unable to get an erection. And he tried everything: Viagra, Cialis, he tried looking at pictures of Paul Ryan with his shirt off, didn't work, went to office Christmas parties with Bill O'Reilly — nothing worked. But now that Trump is president, here's the twist: Sean Hannity is unable to have anything but an erection. He's had an erection since November of 2016, and it's driving him mad, he's lost his mind. This is the guy who defended the multiply alleged pedophile Roy Moore, and I'm the despicable disgrace, I'm the ass clown," Kimmel added. "If I'm an ass clown — and I very well might be — you, Sean, are the whole ass circus."
Kimmel then ended his retort by joking that he was glad that Hannity finally took an interest in immigrants coming to the U.S. He added that he thought what was truly disrespectful was cheating on the first lady with a "porn star" after she had just had a baby, a dig at allegations by adult-film actress Stormy Daniels (whose real name is Stephanie Clifford) that Trump had a brief affair with her right after the birth of his son with Melania, Barron Trump.
His kicker to Hannity: "Get a haircut, you hippy!"
After Kimmel's show, Hannity took to Twitter where he resurfaced several old videos of Kimmel from Comedy Central's The Man Show, called him "Harvey Weinstein Jr." and vowed that more is forthcoming. In response, Kimmel shared one of Hannity's tweets and wrote, "I can't wait!"
I can't wait! https://t.co/2LhDiF7Lw7— Jimmy Kimmel (@jimmykimmel) April 6, 2018
On Friday, Hannity continued to tweet about Kimmel, baiting the late-night host to respond with more resurfaced clips and a poll question. After suggesting that Kimmel wouldn't be responding anytime soon, the host did just that. "I vote for whichever one best helps you trivialize the horrors of Harvey Weinstein by comparing them to televised comedy bits in which every woman was a willing participant who gladly signed a release," Kimmel wrote.
Prediction, mr tough guy @jimmykimmel (Harvey Weinstein jr) who picks on woman helping kids and is a pervert with young woman, will likely not be responding any time soon. His 100 writers are likely sleeping. @Disney #pervertkimmel https://t.co/MI8e4cuRZF— Sean Hannity (@seanhannity) April 6, 2018
I vote for whichever one best helps you trivialize the horrors of Harvey Weinstein by comparing them to televised comedy bits in which every woman was a willing participant who gladly signed a release https://t.co/6jlpRqtttY— Jimmy Kimmel (@jimmykimmel) April 6, 2018
Watch the full Kimmel clip in the video player above and Hannity's Fox & Friends segment below.
April 6, 11:15 a.m. Updated with tweets.