Jesse Ventura boasts he once threatened Sean Hannity — causing him to panic on-set

Jeff Poor Media Reporter
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Former Minnesota Gov. Jesse Ventura says he can no longer appear on Fox News, and apparently it isn’t because he hosts a show on another cable channel.

Back in May 2009, Ventura made a somewhat friendly, but contentious appearance on Hannity’s prime-time program. However, the way Hannity conducted his interview wasn’t very well received by Ventura. On Adam Carolla’s Wednesday podcast, Ventura boasted how he responded to the cable news host.

“By the way, I can’t do Fox anymore because they won’t have me on,” Ventura said. “You know, the big three at Fox? But I will tell you a funny story. I did Sean Hannity a couple of years ago. And I walked in there and it was between — they went to break and he looks over at me and says, ‘Oh Gov. Ventura, thank you – blah, blah, blah’ and all this stuff. And I looked at him and I said, ‘Well Sean,’ I said, ‘I don’t know if you know this but I am a Navy Seal.’ And he goes through the rigmarole, ‘Oh thank you for your service da, da’ and all that shallow bullshit that you get.”

That exchange led Ventura to reveal this – he didn’t want Hannity’s pleasantries about his military service, but instead wanted to send the Fox News host a message.

“When he got done, I looked at him and said, ‘Well, Sean I appreciate that, but I didn’t tell you that to have you praise me,’” Ventura said. “I said, ‘I told you that because of this.’ He goes, ‘What?’ I said, ‘I want you to remember something – you got to sleep sometime.’ Oh my God, he just panicked.”

And that according to Ventura was to show that he wouldn’t be intimidated by a cable news host.

“But see, I know them and I watch how they operate,” Ventura said. “They operate off of intimidation and I wanted to show him, you won’t intimidate me. I’ll intimidate you.”


Since that appearance, Ventura has been more outspoken about his theories on how the Sept. 11, 2001 terrorists attacks occurred. Hannity has never broached subject, but he did take a shot Ventura in a Nov.3, 2010 interview with former Minnesota Gov. Tim Pawlenty.

“He deserves a conspiracy TV show,” Hannity said last November.