Emily Blunt is now officially a United States citizen, but it seems not everyone is happy to have her. The British-born actress recently opened up about taking her oath of citizenship during appearances on “Jimmy Kimmel Live!” and “The Ellen DeGeneres Show.” While both Kimmel and DeGeneres appeared to have gotten her jokes, it seems her humor was lost on “Fox & Friends” co-anchors Steve Doocy, Brian Kilmeade and Anna Kooiman.
As reported by E! Online, the conservative morning show hosts on Fox News Channel sounded off on Blunt’s comments during Tuesday’s show. Kooiman suggested the “Sicario” actress “leave Hollywood, California,” and forfeit all her roles to American actresses. She went on to suggest it was American viewers fueling Blunt’s success and “lining your pockets.” Kilmeade shared similar sentiments, questioning a comment Blunt made about the naturalization process being “kind of typically American.” Doocy closed out the commentary, comparing Blunt’s jokes to the Dixie Chicks' 2003 criticism of then-President George W. Bush.
“You know what Emily Blunt just did? She just Dixie Chicked herself," Doocy said. "She has alienated half the country and now will think twice about going to one of her movies."
The controversy came after Blunt, who is married to American actor John Krasinski, joked with Kimmel and DeGeneres about becoming an American. During her visit with Kimmel she said being an American was “strange and slightly disarming,” adding that she was not “entirely thrilled about it.” Blunt then told the Hollywood Reporter that the same night she swore allegiance to the U.S. she decided to watch the Republican debate, which she said made her question her citizenship decision. She told the publication that after tuning in to the heated debate featuring Donald Trump, Jeb Bush and other presidential hopefuls she thought, “What have I done?”
Blunt has not addressed the comments made by the “Fox & Friends” co-hosts.