Hannity, Kimmel feud over Melania Trump joke

Fox News's Sean Hannity and late-night host Jimmy Kimmel reignited their feud this week when the two hosts traded barbs on the air and on Twitter over Kimmel's jokes mocking first lady Melania TrumpMelania TrumpEx-Melania Trump adviser raised concerns of excessive inauguration spending weeks before events: CNN The Hill's Morning Report - Trump moves green cards, citizenship away from poor, low-skilled White House seeks volunteers, musicians for Christmas celebrations MORE at the White House Easter Egg Roll.

The war of words began again on Wednesday when Hannity referred to Kimmel as an "assclown" and a "despicable disgrace" for mocking the first lady's accent over a clip of her reading a story to children during the Easter event.

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"Ass-clown Kimmel. Now I got to tell you something. What a disgrace. Hey, Mr. Kimmel, that's her fifth language. How many do you speak?" Hannity asked. 

Kimmel responded Thursday night on his show, remarking it was ironic that he was being called a "despicable disgrace" by a former supporter of Roy MooreRoy Stewart MooreGOP Senate candidate 'pissed off' at Trump over health care for veterans Durbin says he has second thoughts about asking for Franken's resignation Alabama GOP senate candidate says 'homosexual activities' have ruined TV, country's moral core MORE, the controversial former Alabama GOP Senate candidate accused of pursuing romantic and sexual relationships with underage girls. 

“Here’s the thing. If I’m an ass clown — and I might very well be — you, Sean, are the whole ass circus," Kimmel shot back.

The feud then turned to Twitter, where Hannity promised more attacks against the ABC host on his show and criticized Kimmel for a clip from "The Man Show," which Kimmel co-hosted from 1999 to 2003, showing the comedian making sexual jokes to an 18-year-old girl.

"More of Disney’s @jimmykimmel being Harvey Weinstein Jr.," Hannity tweeted, linking to the video.

"So @jimmykimmel (aka Harvey Weinstein jr) I’ll have much more tomorrow...... @Disney Tick Tock.. Best Sean #pervertkimmel," he added.

"I can't wait!" Kimmel responded.

Kimmel's mocking of Trump's accent evoked responses from other Fox hosts as well, including "Fox & Friends" host Ainsley Earhardt, who said that if Kimmel had made the same joke about Michelle ObamaMichelle LeVaughn Robinson ObamaThe Hill's Morning Report - Trump touts new immigration policy, backtracks on tax cuts Obama explains decision to get into movie business: 'We all have a sacred story' Juan Williams: Democrats finally hit Trump where it hurts MORE, he would have been called racist.

"If he had done this to Michelle Obama ... all the mainstream media would have him on there, if he were conservative, saying he's a racist," she said.