Late-night host Jimmy Kimmel was raging mad during his Wednesday evening show and promised to “pound” Fox & Friends host Brian Kilmeade the next time he shows his GOP-loving face. That’s because Kimmel has crowned himself a celebrity spokesman for socialized medicine and he doesn’t like being called out as a Hollywood elite blowhard.
Kimmel is in the line of fire of many on the Right because of his vehement opposition to the proposed Obamacare replacement by Sens. Bill Cassidy and Lindsey Graham. Kimmel and Cassidy have entered a bad-mouthing feud over the bill, but no one has quite gotten under Kimmel’s skin like Kilmeade.
The ABC host played a clip of Kilmeade calling him part of the “Hollywood elite” that continues “pushing their politics on the rest of the country.” Kimmel has been very vocal about his son’s open-heart surgery and how families in the same situation but with no insurance could be negatively affected by the GOP’s bill. But he’s fighting mad at Kilmeade for calling him out as an elitest:
“The reason I found this comment to be particularly annoying — This is a guy, Brian Kilmeade, that every time I see him, he kisses my ass like a little boy meeting Batman. Oh, he’s such a fan. He follows me on Twitter. He asked me to write a blurb for his book, which I did. He calls my agent looking for projects. He’s dying to be a member of the Hollywood elite. The only reason he’s not a member of the Hollywood elite is because nobody will hire him to be one.”
Then the threat came:
“I don’t get anything out of this, Brian, you phony little creep. Oh, I’ll pound you when I see you!”
As Real Clear Politics noted, conservative and leftist pundits are coming down on both sides of Kimmel’s outbursts. Fox News contributor Stephen Miller said on Twitter, “Kimmel threatens assault at the end there. So this is where journalists all stand up and defend Kilmeade now right? Guys?”
Whereas CBS News’ Sopan Deb defended Kimmel and said he meant “pound” as in “offering fist bumps in person.” CNN’s Brian Stelter agreed saying, “I interpreted it the same way you did.”
Yeah, we’re going with the universally accepted usage of “pound,” which has always meant you’re dead meat.