Brian Kilmeade (Getty/Rob Kim)

Brian Kilmeade has one small issue with Jimmy Kimmel's response to him

Kilmeade said Kimmel "personally attacked" him, but seemed to forget that he started the entire exchange


Charlie May
September 21, 2017 6:38PM (UTC)

Hours after late night comedian Jimmy Kimmel savaged "Fox & Friends" host Brian Kilmeade — calling him a "phony little creep" — the Fox News talking head wanted to clear something up: He is not short.

"If you look at the average chart of a male in America," Kilmeade said on his radio program, he was actually "pretty much on target."

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Kilmeade was short and to the point, saying Kimmel had "personally attacked" him for his comments made hours earlier, but he ignored the fact that he, himself began the entire ordeal.

On Wednesday night, Kimmel responded to Kilmeade's factually diminished attack on critics of the Republican-led Senate health care bill. Kilmeade said that "Hollywood elites" like Kimmel were "pushing their politics on the rest of the country."

"I hope your son gets better. I hope your son gets all the care he needs," Kilmeade said on "Fox and Friends" earlier in the day— a response to Kimmel's son's heart surgery, which has been highlighted in the comedian's talks about health care. "I’m glad you’re interested, you’re doing a great job bringing the dialogue out. But you should actually do what we’re doing. Talk to the people that wrote it, Senator Graham, Senator Cassidy."

The cable news host is the one with the short memory here. Kimmel had already talked with Cassidy in prior months, who agreed with him on television that every American, regardless of income, should receive health care.

In a second response on his radio show, Kilmeade had a diminished view of Kimmel for one comment in particular. "I’m 5 feet 10 inches, 174 [pounds]. I’m sorry that’s not good enough for you," Kilmeade said in an undersized response. "But I just think if you look at the average chart of a male in America, I think I’m pretty much on target. So, not sure why that was necessary."

Analysts have even said that Kimmel was right on his criticisms of the new Republican health care legislation.

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Politico noted that when it comes to facts, Kimmel is working off a long list:

But experts say that Cassidy and Graham’s bill can't guarantee those protections and that Kimmel’s assessment was basically accurate because of the flexibility the bill gives states to set up their own health care systems. For example, health insurers could hike premiums for patients with pre-existing conditions if their states obtain waivers from Obamacare regulations — as Kimmel said.

Watch Kilmeade's response on "Fox and Friends" as well as on his radio show, below.


Charlie May

Charlie May is a news writer at Salon. You can find him on Twitter at @charliejmay

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