Fox News anchor Sean Hannity on Friday slammed ABC late-night host Jimmy Kimmel as “Harvey Weinstein Jr.” as they embarked on a TV-and-Twitter war over Kimmel’s jokes about First Lady Melania Trump.
“I have just had it with the utter hypocrisy — the unrelenting attacks against not only a sitting president, but his wife and his daughter and his 11-year-old son,” Hannity said on his TV show Friday night during a 20-minute rant against Kimmel.
After the show — at 10 p.m. — Hannity tweeted: “Game on, you pervert.”
“I’m starting to think someone has a crush on me!” Kimmel replied.
Earlier Friday, Hannity ramped up the drama with a new hashtag, #PervertKimmel, based on Kimmel’s work hosting Comedy Central’s “The Man Show” years ago.
It began Thursday on “Jimmy Kimmel Live!” when Kimmel called Hannity an “a– clown.”
Kimmel mocked the Fox News anchor after Hannity slammed his monologue about the White House Easter Egg Roll. In the monologue, Kimmel mocked Melania Trump’s accent and said she planned a White House escape tunnel.
Hannity, 56, hit Wikipedia to look for revealing material about Kimmel — and settled upon his hosting of “The Man Show,” which ran on Comedy Central from 1999 to 2004.
“So Much to choose from regarding Harvey Weinstein junior,” Hannity tweeted at 1:05 p.m., along with a photo of a piece of paper that seemed to contain some of his research.
That began hours of back-and-forth tweeting.
“Today’s poll,” Hannity wrote. “So tonight will @jimmykimmel be 1- Asking 18 year old girls to touch his crotch. 2- Make fun of the First Lady reading books to children. 3- Be a racist a–hole. 4- all of the above?”
Kimmel, 50, replied that Hannity’s tweets trivialized Weinstein’s victims.
“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,” he wrote.
Kimmel hosted “The Man Show” with Adam Carolla. It was focused on “things men enjoy” like beer and women and off-color jokes, often sexually charged.
Hannity tweeted a clip in which Kimmel appears to ask a young woman to feel his pants and guess what’s inside.
“Jimmy that’s you being a pervert a–hole,” Hannity shared. “How would you feel if that was your daughter? I bet @Disney is so proud.” Disney owns ABC.
Hannity also dredged up a clip of Kimmel in blackface as NBA star Karl Malone.
Kimmel mocked Hannity for being unable to get an erection until Trump became President.
“This is the guy who defended the multiply-alleged pedophile Roy Moore. And I’m a despicable disgrace. I’m the A– Clown! If I’m an A–Clown — and I might very well be — you, Sean, are the whole A-Circus,” he said.
“You know what I think is disrespectful to the First Lady?” Kimmel continued. “Cheating on her with a porn star after she has a baby. Why don’t you rant a little about that, Sean Hannity? And go get a haircut, you hippie!”
Hannity continued to bring up the clip of Kimmel on “The Man Show” as Friday afternoon wore on, writing in one tweet, “Answer this question. Would you want a stranger asking your daughter to “grab their crotch, and put their mouths on it? Yes or no Harvey!”
Kimmel then retorted that every woman in the sketch “WILLINGLY participated” before firing another salvo at Hannity over his Trump support.
“Now YOU answer THIS question,” Kimmel tweeted. “Would you want your daughter being “grabbed by the p—y”? Yes or no?”
Kimmel asked the same question in two more tweets before Hannity finally issued a response.
“Stop deflecting @jimmykimmel, locker room talk vs. your interactions with women asking them to touch it or put their mouths on it,” he wrote, before going on to plug his Fox News show.
Kimmel then wrote that he “knew” Hannity wouldn’t reply and added “no one likes you,” while Hannity shared the image of Kimmel in blackface and asked if he had apologized to Malone.
“As a matter of fact, Karl @TheDeliverer_32 is a man I love dearly and this photo hangs in our office,” Kimmel tweeted, along with a photo of him and Malone “Thanks for the shout-out!”