On Monday night, Fox News host Sean Hannity blistered late-night talk show host Jimmy Kimmel, labeling him an “ignorant a**hole” after Kimmel mocked Hannity’s interview with Caitlyn Jenner.
Hannity’s comment about Kimmel as an “ignorant a**hole” was a direct reference to Kimmel’s own reference to Jenner as an “ignorant a**hole.” After the interview with Hannity, which was conducted in Jenner’s private airplane hangar near Malibu, Kimmel mocked Jenner’s comments about the homelessness problem in California.
“My friends are leaving California,” said Jenner. “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.’’’
Kimmel taunted, “This is how well Caitlyn Jenner understands the plight of everyday Californians here in LA. … Ah, homeless people: can’t walk around them, can’t fly over them. 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 what their gender orientation? It’s a tough one. I don’t know, I guess we’ll let the Internet decide tomorrow.”
Hannity fired back, “Far-left, low-rated late night host Jimmy Kimmel is spewing more hatred and more rage, saying, ‘Is it transphobic to call a trans person an ignorant a**hole?’ in response to our interview with Caitlyn Jenner, talking about the real problem of homelessness. Jimmy, what is with all the anger and all the cheap shots? Yeah, if you haven’t noticed, homeless people all over your state.”
“And by the way, don’t you have anything better to do?” Hannity continued. “Maybe, actually trying to be funny or boost your dismal ratings? Because we’re actually crushing you by like 70% in total viewers, Jimmy. That’s this quarter. Jimmy, here’s my advice: Don’t talk about my show any more.”
Then Hannity showed photos of Kimmel from the past when he had dressed up in blackface to imitate NBA Hall of Famer Karl Malone of the Utah Jazz.
“But since you did, let’s remind people, take a trip down memory lane,” said Hannity. “You want to talk about ignorant a** holes? This is you, dressed as Karl Malone. And check this out: This is you, an ignorant a**hole, when you had a cucumber in your pants during ‘The Man Show.’ And maybe your bosses at Disney can talk to you out of your bad behavior. You talk about my show? I’ll hit you back 50 times harder. Ball’s in your court.”
Multiple cities in California are experiencing an explosion in the homeless population. As the Daily Mail points out, in Los Angeles the homeless population hit nearly 70,000 in 2020, an over 10% increase from the year before — and “many consider that an undercount.”