Appearing on Ed Morrissey’s Ustream podcast program Monday, comedian and pundit Steven Crowder ripped into Fox News host Sean Hannity, criticizing him as an incompetent interviewer and suggesting he wasn’t a “real host.”
I am consistently amazed at Sean Hannity’s inability to host his own show. He’s a dear, dear man–a very nice person… these liberals who aren’t even that smart just come in and absolutely bulldoze him like a child…
Anthony Weiner came onto Hannity, the show Hannity, and took control of the entire show. I just wanted to be like: “Sean, how do you let this happen? At the very least, you just cut the show and go to commercial or something. But learn to take control. Learn to ask questions to which you’ll know the answers.” I’m just amazed. Michael Moore came on, and Michael Moore’s not a bright guy. I’m not saying Michael Moore’s smarter than Sean Hannity, but Michael Moore is better at running interviews than Hannity, even though Hannity’s running the interview! Michael Moore just came in and ran roughshod over Sean Hannity. I couldn’t believe it!…
Get Anthony Weiner on a real host’s show… and I’m sure it would be a very different story.
Crowder, who was for many years a Fox News contributor and had appeared on Hannity, was recently dropped from the Fox News slate for undisclosed reasons. A senior-level source at Fox News tells Breitbart exclusively:
Fox hired Crowder four years ago and gave him a lot of visibility. But the problem was that he was never that funny, and, in addition, he crossed the line more than a few times. So we let him go. It happens. This is a business. But now, sadly, on his way out the door, Crowder is proving his true colors, by being disloyal to the folks who took a chance on him and had him on the payroll for so long. The attack on Hannity only further underscores the wisdom of our decision to part company with him.
UPDATE: Mr. Crowder has posted a public apology.
So some comments that I’d recently made regarding Sean Hannity have surfaced online and need to be addressed. Let me first start this by apologizing to Sean, who has been nothing but a stand-up friend and supporter of mine. As I stated multiple times in the interview, I have the utmost respect for Sean as a person, father and husband. I DID however criticize some of his methods in addressing specific liberal guests that appear on his show (namely Michael Moore and Anthony Weiner). It’s true, I spoke somewhat out of anger, because I do hate to see good people like Sean Hannity get bullied and disrespected by such deplorable people on a semi-regular basis. I get frustrated, because it’s like watching a brother get bullied by the highschool punk. Too often, Conservatives feel the need to play by rules which put them into a submissive position, allowing themselves to lose an argument before it begins. As somebody who believes that the best defense is a strong offense, It can be frustrating to watch. My approach and wording came across as much more incendiary than it was ever intended to be, and for that I’d like to formally apologize to the good, hard-working Sean Hannity supporters across this country, as well as the gentleman himself. He’s a good man who deserves all of our admiration and respect…. much more respect than was given to him by the likes of Weiner or Moore.