Barstool Sports personality Francis Ellis bashed Fox News hosts Jesse Watters and Tucker Carlson — and mocked the network’s audience as stupid — on a hot mic just days after making an appearance on Watters’ show.
Ellis, who hosts Barstool’s “Oops the Podcast,” may have created new fodder for his own show with the comments that aired on Tuesday’s episode of “Barstool Rundown,” accusing the network that has invited him on as a guest — multiple times — of “trafficking in hate.”
Mediaite obtained the unedited audio, which can be heard below.
“They’re just trafficking in hate.” Regular Fox News guest, and Barstool Sports star Francis Ellis, caught on hot mic slamming Fox News, Fox News hosts, and the Fox News audience. (Via Mediaite and Barstool Rundown) pic.twitter.com/9nPl9inG7G
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Co-host Adam Ferrone, after signaling the end of the show, asked Ellis about his most recent hit on Watters’ show, “Jesse Watters Primetime,” on Monday.
“He wanted me to talk about how Democrats in Massachusetts want to lower the voting age to 16,” Ellis answered, explaining that he had weighed in with a Q-Anon joke and one referencing “To Catch a Predator,” but that overall, he didn’t feel great about the segment. “I just couldn’t get my feet under me. And I was like, I’m trying too hard.”
The hosts then asked what Ellis would do if Fox News offered him a “man-on-the-street” gig — mirroring how Watters had started out on the air with former network host Bill O’Reilly — and Ellis claimed they had offered that and he had turned them down.
“But what if they offered you not just a segment, but what if they’re like, ‘Francis, we want you to do the eight o’clock to nine o’clock hour!’” Ferrone upped the ante, and Ellis said he would consider that.
But then Ellis pivoted to attack Fox News — and the hosts who have given him airtime — saying, “Look, I got home. I talked my wife about it ’cause I was disappointed in myself and she was like, ‘Let’s be honest, like, do you want to be working with these f***ing people?’ She was like, ‘I watched the rest of his show — he’s a f***ing joke.’”
“This is still part of the ‘Rundown,’” Ferrone said, and another voice confirmed, “Still rolling, baby!”
“And then like, Tucker comes on and just screams,” Ellis continued. “It’s so weird. … They’re just trafficking in hate.”
Ellis did not stop the attack, instead redirecting it toward the Fox News audience — which he suggested was comprised of people too stupid to realize that he was intentionally screwing with them.
“I think last night I went into a place that I shouldn’t have gone to,” he admitted before adding, “No, because last night I was like, yes, the Democrats are like eating children beneath pizza shops. There are people watching that, who don’t know that I’m f***ing with them. They’re like, ‘Finally a young, handsome person is saying it!’”