Did Jimmy Kimmel threaten to beat up Fox and Friends co-host Brian Kilmeade?
On Jimmy Kimmel Live Wednesday night, the host targeted Kilmeade after the latter said the comedian was joining the “Hollywood elite” for “pushing” his health care agenda earlier in the week.
Kilmeade's remarks on Fox & Friends apparently angered Kimmel, who claimed Wednesday night that Kilmeade “kisses my a** like a little boy meeting Batman" and that he, in fact, is “dying” to be a member of the “Hollywood elite.”
Kimmel also said that he wrote a blurb for one of Kilmeade’s books, at the Fox News host's request.
"The reason I'm talking about this is because my son had an open-heart surgery and has to have two more, and because of that I learned there are kids with no insurance in the same situation," Kimmel said. "I don't get anything out of this, Brian, you phony little creep. Oh, I'll pound you when I see you.”
Brian Kilmeade responded Thursday morning, trying to clear the air.
“Last night Jimmy Kimmel personally attacked me,” Kilmeade griped. “This is all I will say on this. I hope your son gets better. I hope you son gets all the care he needs. I am glad you are interested. You are doing a great job causing the dialogue to get out, but you should actually do what we are doing – talk to the people that wrote it – Sen. Graham, Sen. Cassidy.”
Kimmel did have the bill's co-creator Bill Cassidy on his show back in May.
He also claimed he didn’t “kiss his butt” and tried to get him in his book in 2003 because of their mutual love of sports.
Later Thursday, on Kilmeade's Fox News Radio program, he doubled down on his disagreement with Kimmel, saying he should not have gone after his size as a man, pointing out that he is 5-foot-10-inches tall and weighs more than 170 pounds, making him part of the national average among American men.
Kilmeade also explained that Fox & Friends had the bill's co-creators on his show to find out what it was all about, unlike what Kimmel did, which was just have Cassidy on his show before the appeal was finished.