Two hosts from Fox News’ “The Five” erupted into a feisty debate Wednesday night over Michael Cohen’s bombshell public testimony.
The cohosts Greg Gutfeld, a political satirist who previously edited Maxim magazine in the UK, butted heads with Juan Williams, an author who previously worked as a Washington Post correspondent.
“Gosh, you guys ever going to let me finish,” Williams said as his comments were drowned out by his colleagues.
“No, because you’re always finishing,” Gutfeld replied. “There’s somebody sitting there who hasn’t said a damn word.”
“You are so deep in the bunker, and you —,” Williams said before Gutfeld cut him off.
“Oh shut up, Juan, I’m in nobody’s bunker,” Gutfeld rebutted. “Enough with your bunker … I’m trying to be polite to somebody on the panel, Juan. Which you won’t do.”
“Oh my God,” Williams said.
“Bunker,” Gutfeld said loathingly.
The show bills itself as a colorful take on the news of the day from a panel of hosts with strong personalities, some of whom hold differing political views.
The commentator Jesse Watters and the former White House press secretary Dana Perino are also among the panelists.
The banter between the conservative-leaning hosts is often contrasted by Williams, who is often seen as the sole liberal voice on the show.
“You are so blind, because you, like Greg, are deep in the bunker,” Williams told Watters at one point.
“You know, if you say that again, I’m gonna throw you off the set,” Gutfeld replied, adding that Williams was trying to draw a connection between the phrase “in the bunker” and Adolf Hitler.
“No I was not. You are so far off,” Williams said.
“What you’re saying is, you choose the worst intent of people’s words,” Gutfeld said. “Like, when I say that I believe something, ‘I’m in the bunker.’ What if I said that about you?”
Their comments came amid dramatic testimony from Cohen, President Donald Trump’s former longtime attorney, to the House oversight committee in Washington, DC, earlier Wednesday. Cohen said he was deeply “ashamed” of representing Trump and accused the president of an array of wrongdoing.
Cohen gave the testimony ahead of a three-year prison sentence he received after pleading guilty to campaign-finance violations, other financial fraud charges, and lying to Congress. His prison sentence is scheduled to begin in May.
Republican lawmakers on Wednesday have seized on Cohen’s crimes to cast doubt on his credibility as a witness against Trump. Democrats, including the House Oversight and Reform Committee’s chairman, Rep. Elijah Cummings of Maryland, have said they believe Cohen’s statements and will proceed “very cautiously” in light of the ongoing investigations from federal prosecutors and the special counsel’s office.