The news that Trump attorney Michael Cohen secretly worked for Sean Hannity has many, many people on Twitter making the same joke: Now might be a convenient time for Hannity to go on “vacation.”
Fox News hosts have a habit of taking vacations just as damaging stories begin to swirl around them, leading some critics to say it’s part of a Fox News playbook: Jesse Watters, Bill O’Reilly, Laura Ingraham and even Hannity have taken breaks amid past advertiser boycotts.
Ingraham was the latest to take what she said was a pre-planned vacation, after advertisers bailed because she accused Parkland shooting survivor David Hogg of “whining” that he didn’t get into several universities. (She apologized and returned to her show last week.)
Hannity critics on Twitter noted that he has covered Cohen on his show before without disclosing any ties to Cohen. Hannity said in a statement to TheWrap on Monday: “Michael Cohen has never represented me in any matter. I 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.”
That didn’t stop the jokes. Or rather, variations on the same joke.
“Does anybody know if Sean Hannity has any long-planned vacations coming up?” tweeted actor-comedian Michael Ian Black.
“If Sean Hannity announces he’s going on vacation until the Cohen investigation is complete, does that mean Jimmy Kimmel owes him a jet ski?” comedian-actor Matt Oswalt tweeted, in reference to Kimmel’s Oscars gag.
“I wonder when Hannity’s long-planned vacation is going to start,” tweeted political writer John Podhoretz.
Fox News did not immediately respond to a request for comment on all the tweets.
Below are a few of the variations on the Hannity vacation joke. Who told it best?
Does anybody know if Sean Hannity has any long-planned vacations coming up?
— Michael Ian Black (@michaelianblack) April 16, 2018
at this point my only question is if Sean Hannity announces he's going on vacation until the Cohen investigation is complete does that mean Jimmy Kimmel owes him a jet ski?
— Matt Oswalt (@MattOswaltVA) April 16, 2018
Is Hannity on a pre-planned Easter vacation this week?
— Jamie McCarty (@JamieMcCarty) April 16, 2018
I wonder when Hannity's long-planned vacation is going to start
— John Podhoretz (@jpodhoretz) April 16, 2018
— Tom Nichols (@RadioFreeTom) April 16, 2018
Countdown to Sean Hannity's sudden and totally "pre-planned vacation" pic.twitter.com/tDKDIqmU6f
— Red (@Redpainter1) April 16, 2018
Silver Lining for Hannity. When Sean takes his "previously planned vacation" he can probably get the Laura Ingraham friends & family rate.
— Emily Brandwin (@CIAspygirl) April 16, 2018
Who thinks Sean Hannity announces a vacation tonight?
— Grant Stern (@grantstern) April 16, 2018
When does @seanhannity's vacation start?
— Roland Scahill (@rolandscahill) April 16, 2018
Prediction: FoxNews issues a statement saying Hannity is an entertainer not a journo. Conflicts aren't that bad; he takes planned vacation for two weeks. https://t.co/Ox4qkMnCMG
— Old Surehand (@lkrfn) April 16, 2018
— Dion (@Noid68) April 16, 2018