Donald Trump Takes Aim at 'Horrible' Jimmy Fallon and Jimmy Kimmel

Former President Donald Trump has criticized late night hosts Jimmy Fallon and Jimmy Kimmel for attacking him during their shows and said both men had previously treated him well.

Trump made the comments in an interview with Fox News' Greg Gutfeld, who also offered his own criticisms of Fallon and Kimmel, while Trump recalled a famous incident when Fallon touched his hair in 2016.

The former president has been the subject of many jokes at the hands of Fallon, who hosts The Tonight Show on NBC, and Kimmel, who helms Jimmy Kimmel Live! on ABC.

Trump praised Gutfeld, saying he was both funny and serious and that his show was doing well before discussing the late-night comedians.

"And I kept saying, why can't these other people be beaten?" Trump said. "They're horrible. I know 'em all. Why can't they be beaten?

"And Jimmy Fallon, I watched him, so remember with the hair?"

During the 2016 presidential election, Fallon hosted Trump as a guest on his show and in a famous incident, asked to touch the then-Republican candidate's hair. Fallon received criticism for what some viewed as trivializing a highly controversial candidate.

Gutfeld replied that Fallon "was having a good time until his friends came after him."

"He was having a good time," Trump agreed. "He said 'Can I touch your hair?' And I said, I'd rather have you not, but if you want, and he starts messing it up. He said 'It is your hair' and, OK, all of this.

"And then what happens? They go after him and then he apologizes. And by the way, he got great ratings. It was great."

Gutfeld suggested Fallon's show has "never been the same" since he apologized for the incident.

Trump went on: "And so I'm doing it - they did commercials at the beginning - and then they went after him. They said they humanized me. Humanized me? - by doing it. How dare you, you've humanized him, do you know what you've done?

"And instead of saying, hey, I got the biggest ratings, the show is doing great - and his show was doing great - and he was always a nice guy, I also thought he was a nice guy - instead he apologized. He looked like such a fool."

Trump agreed with Gutfeld that late-night hosts are no longer funny before going on to talk about Kimmel.

"The other one used to treat me - ABC - Jimmy Kimmel - he used to treat me ... I did his show many times before I was doing this," Trump said. "He used to greet me on the sidewalk. He used to wait for me, nobody else. This was before I was a politician."

Trump paused for a moment to joke about the fact he was calling himself a politician before moving on.

"He used to - Jimmy Kimmel - wait for me outside his studio in Los Angeles, very crowded street, he kissed my a** all the way in and then what happens? I run and then all of a sudden I'm like this horrible guy."

The former president said Kimmel used to be nervous to speak to him and may have even opened his car door for him. After a digression about being booed, Trump added: "Those late-night guys are terrible," before praising Gutfeld for "gobbling up those ratings."

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Former U.S. President Donald Trump addresses supporters during a "Save America" rally at York Family Farms on August 21, 2021 in Cullman, Alabama. Trump has criticized late night hosts Jimmy Fallon and Jimmy Kimmel. Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images