Fox News hosts Sean Hannity and Laura Ingraham spent their first primetime after the Oscars in full troll mode, with both doing their best to show the other how little they cared about the 90th Academy Awards.
“Did you watch one minute of the Oscars? I mean one millisecond?” asked Ingraham during a show toss that’s become increasingly flirty. “You never get the minute back that you wasted watching the Oscars. I’m doing everything on the minute you don’t ever get back.”
“I was waiting for ‘Homeland’ at nine,” said Hannity, saying that was the only reason he would tune in. “But I did it for work reasons. I owe it to our audience to at least suffer so they don’t have to. Remember, Rush [Limbaugh] would always say, I watch the Sunday programs so you don’t have to listen or watch and I’ll report back Monday.”
The moment was a microcosm of Fox News’ broader Oscars coverage, which was decidedly negative. Starting on “Fox & Friends” the morning after the ceremony, network hosts blasted the ceremony as political, preening and self-righteous.
“Jimmy Kimmel is basically Chuck Schumer with a sense of humor,” “Fox & Friends” co-host Brian Kilmeade said on Monday. “I don’t really know. I think that the one thing consistent is that the ratings go down every year. I could not get through it … I knew we were going to be talking about it today.”
Oscars ratings slipped 16 percent from last year.