ABC’s late-night comedian Jimmy Kimmel tore into Fox News host Sean Hannity on Tuesday after Hannity was revealed to be the secret unnamed client of Michael Cohen, the lawyer for President TrumpDonald John TrumpTrump asking Arab nations to replace US military in Syria after defeat of ISIS: report Columbia presses on with scholarship program for displaced Syrians despite Trump travel ban Dershowitz confronts Hannity: ‘You should have disclosed your relationship with Cohen’ MORE who admits to paying $130,000 to an adult film star.
Kimmel joked in his monologue that he couldn’t imagine why Hannity would want to distance himself from Cohen, who was revealed this month to also have been involved with a $1.6 million payout to a former Playboy model who had an affair with a deputy finance chairman of the Republican National Committee, Elliott Broidy.
“Shockingly, that client turned out to be my pal, Sean Hannity, of Fox News, is client number three. Isn’t that interesting?” Kimmel asked, to laughs and applause.
Kimmel followed by reading Hannity’s statement, in which the Fox host denies ever paying Cohen for a legal matter and explains that Hannity sought Cohen for legal advice on matter “that involved any third party.”
“That sounds normal, he has a lawyer he doesn’t pay. By the way, I’m thinking of hiring Michael Cohen as my lawyer because he only has three clients…apparently he works for free,” Kimmel adds.
Kimmel also joked that he doesn’t know what kind of legal advice Hannity would need that doesn’t involve a third party, “unless, maybe Sean Hannity was thinking about suing himself?”
The two hosts traded bitter shots back and forth over social media in recent days over a joke Kimmel told about first lady Melania TrumpMelania TrumpThe Hill’s Morning Report: Michael Cohen’s big day in court Comey-Trump feud takes vicious turn Comey: ‘It’s possible’ that so-called pee tape is real MORE, for which Kimmel eventually apologized last week.
Kimmel, an outspoken critic of both Hannity and Trump, has been vocal in his opposition to the Trump administration in recent months over issues such as health care, gun control, and immigration.
The adult film star, Stormy Daniels, has said the Cohen payment was meant to buy her silence over an alleged affair with Trump a decade ago.