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Brian Kilmeade Answers Jimmy Kimmel’s ‘Personal Attack,’ Denies Wanting to Join ‘Hollywood Elite’ (Video)

Fox News Host calls Kimmel’s dig ”crazy“

Fox News host Brian Kilmeade has responded to Jimmy Kimmel calling him a “phony little creep” who longs to join the “Hollywood elite,” saying he’s very happy with his job at Fox.

On Wednesday night’s “Jimmy Kimmel Live,” Kimmel attacked the Cassidy-Graham healthcare bill and tore into Kilmeade for criticizing his past denunciations of the bill. Kimmel said the “Fox & Friends” host rails against the “Hollywood elite,” but longs to join them.

“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.”

Kilmeade responded on his radio show Thursday, saying he was “obviously very emotional” about the issue.

He pushed back on Kimmel’s claim that he “kisses [Kimmel’s] ass like… a little boy meeting Batman,” saying that he has no desire to leave Fox News.

“Why would I ever leave the number one network in all of cable, not only news,” he said. “And the number one morning show in the country … to go out to Los Angeles and do entertainment? I mean, what point is that? ‘No one will hire him’? It’s not even based in fact!”

He also objected to Kimmel calling him a “little man.”

“I’m 5’10, 174,” he said. “I’m sorry that’s not good enough for you. But I just think if you look at average chart of a male in America, I think I’m pretty much on target.”

“Why don’t you call Cassidy and yell at him?” Kilmeade said. “I’m not telling you to be a journalist, but why don’t you be thoroughly informed about a program before you say how bad it is and call a guy who spends his free time operating on people for free as a surgeon … You basically called him a liar without ever talking to him.”

Kimmel has welcomed Cassidy, a doctor, to his show, but contends that Cassidy lied to his face. Kimmel says Cassidy broke a promise that any legislation would pass the “Jimmy Kimmel test.” Kimmel has pleaded for a bill that would not allow discrimination against people with preexisting conditions and would protect affordable healthcare.

Kilmeade also addressed Kimmel on “Fox & Friends.”

“Hope your son gets better,” he said. “I hope your son gets all the care he needs.”

“I’m glad you’re interested,” Kilmeade said. “You’re doing a great job bringing the dialogue out, but you should actually do what we’re doing — talk to the people who wrote it.”