'Hannity Insanity': Late-night hosts revel in Sean Hannity-Michael Cohen news
April 17 at 4:11 AM Email the author
It was as if the comedy gods were looking down on Americaâs late-night television hosts.
In court on Monday, the legal team for President Trumpâs personal lawyer, Michael Cohen, was forced to identify the name of a third Cohenâs client â" a mystery person whom he initially didnât want to name. The person, it turned out, was none other than the foil and foe of several late night-comedians: Fox News commentator Sean Hannity.
And TV comics such as Stephen Colbert, Jimmy Kimmel and Trevor Noah could not contain their excitement.
Here was a person they loved to criticize, a close informal adviser to Trump and firebrand conservative pundit who has lambasted special counsel Robert S. Mueller IIIâs investigation of Russian involvement in the 2016 presidential campaign. Hannity also has criticized the raid on Cohe nâs office and home, never saying anything to his viewers about a personal, legal or business relationship with Cohen.
(Hannity denied the claim that Cohen represented him, saying he only had brief discussions with him about legal questions.).
The news broke at about 3 p.m. Monday, giving late-night comedians just enough time to squeeze in some giddy one-liners in honor of âHannity Day,â as Trevor Noah dubbed it. Stephen Colbert went with a different banner: âHannity Insanity.â
âThe Daily Show With Trevor Noahâ (Comedy Central)
With Hannityâs photo on the screen, Noah put his hands together as if in prayer, looking up to the sky while mouthing the words âthank you.â
âYeah, it turns out Michael Cohenâs secret client was Sean Hannity, which Iâm sorry, is not a good look,â Noah said with a chuckle. âYou know right now Sean Hannity is probably on the phone with his wife like, âHey honey, itâs so weird how I use the guy who pays off mistresses to get me out of that parking ticket.ââ
Cohen has said he paid adult-film star Stormy Daniels $130,000 in late 2016 in exchange for her agreement not to discuss an alleged sexual encounter with Trump. And last week, news broke that Cohen also helped former Republican National Committee deputy finance chairman Elliot Broidy negotiate a $1.6 million settlement with a former Playboy model whom he impregnated during an affair.
Noah urged his audiences to consider âjust how unethicalâ it is that Hannity continuously reported on the FBI raid without mentioning his own legal dealings with Cohen.
âWhich, even for Sean Hannity is pretty shady,â Noah said. âEven Instagram models have higher ethical standards. Theyâll be like âdrink tummy tea, by the way, Iâm sponsored by tummy tea.ââ
The host played various clips during which Hannity discussed the FBI raids on Cohenâs office and residences, which h e called an âunprecedented abuse of power.â In another clip, Hannity says: âIf you voted for Donald Trump you better get buckled up because this is gonna be a rough ride.â
âNow, we can see that Hannity wasnât just mad, he was scared,â Noah said. âYou know, now that we know he was working with Cohen, that looks less like a news show and more like a guy really stressed, giving himself a pep talk.â
âLate Show With Stephen Colbertâ (CBS)
Colbert described Cohen as a âNew York attorney and sad neck with hair,â and referred to his client Broidy as âDonald Trump flattened out by a rolling pin.â When explaining that two different Playboy playmates were involved in the legal showdown, Colbert said, âIâm just glad Hef isnât alive to see his lifeâs work dragged through the filth like this,â in reference to Playboyâs late founder, Hugh Hefner.
âPro tip for the president,â Colbert also offered, âwhe n your lawyer needs a lawyer, you need a lawyer.â
After he played a CNN clip revealing Hannityâs name as Cohenâs mysterious third client, Colbert suddenly disappeared from the camera frame. He reappeared slouching in an armchair, drinking a glass of red wine, rubbing his stomach, seemingly experiencing pure bliss.
âJon Stewart, after the show, Iâm gonna come over and weâre just going to spoon, just spoon,â Colbert said. âThis is crazy.â
He was referencing his good friend and former colleague from the âThe Daily Show,â who was known for his attacks on Fox News and his various feuds with Hannity. Stewart once called Hannity the âmost loathsome dudeâ at Fox News.
âCohen only has two other clients and all he does for them is pay off mistresses,â Colbert also said, âwhich raises the obvious question, who did Sean Hannity have sex with?â
Ahead of Colbertâs interview with James B. Comey, the comedian also spoofed ABCâ s melodramatic teaser for its highly anticipated interview with the former FBI director, which aired Sunday.
âAre you going to answer any of these questions? Because right now youâre just making faces,â Colbert said in the exaggerated video, poking fun at the ABC trailer.
âMr. Comey, Iâm pregnant,â Colbert quipped. âAnd itâs not your baby. Itâs Sean Hannityâs.â
âJimmy Kimmel Liveâ (ABC)
Earlier this month, Kimmel and Hannity were embroiled in a feud that played out both on their respective shows and on social media. After Kimmel joked on his show about first lady Melania Trumpâs accent, Hannity called Kimmel a âdespicable disgrace.â They exchanged insults on Twitter, with Hannity calling Kimmel a racist, pervert and âHarvey Weinstein jr.â and Kimmel making a gay sexual innuendo in reference to Hannityâs apparent love for President Trump.
After days of back-and-forth fighting, Kimmel apologized for the sex joke and tried to end the feud, saying the âlevel of vitriolâ from both âis harmful to our country.â
But that didnât stop Kimmel from reveling in the news Monday of Hannityâs relationship with Cohen.
âShockingly,â Kimmel said, Cohenâs mystery third client âturned out to be my pal Sean Hannity.â
âIsnât that interesting, that he would need advice from Michael Cohen,â Kimmel said.
Kimmel also criticized Hannityâs response to the news, in which he said Cohen has ânever representedâ him.
âI never retained him, received an invoice, or paid legal fees. I have occasionally had brief discussions with him about legal questions about which I wanted his input and perspective,â Hannity wrote on Twitter. âI assumed those conversations were confidential, but to be absolutely clear they n ever involved any matter between me and a third-party.â
âApparently he works for free,â Kimmel said of Cohen, adding: âWhat kind of legal advice doesnât involve a third party, unless maybe Sean Hannity was thinking about suing himself?â
âIf this is the biggest witch hunt in history, weâre running out of spots on the broomstick,â Kimmel also said, playing off a âwitch huntâ phrase used by both Trump and Hannity to describe the Mueller investigation.
Perhaps it was not a late-night comedian, but instead, a CNN host who best captured the mood of the day.
âThe judge forced Michael Cohen to admit in court that he has a third client and the third client is Sean Hannity,â Jake Tapper said during his show Monday. âGo home 2018. Youâre drunk.â
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