Hannity and Ingraham skip the pleasantries following Tuesday's awkward exchange

The cable news wars heated up as MSNBC's Rachel Maddow and Chris Hayes mocked Fox News' Sean Hannity and Laura Ingraham after the latter had a passive-aggressive exchange.

During their show crossover on Tuesday night, Hannity called out Ingraham for cutting off the end of President Trump's New Mexico rally the night before. Hannity likened it to cutting off a Bach or Mozart crescendo. In response, Ingraham teased, "Is that the White House speaking or you? I couldn't tell."

Ingraham said she'd take Hannity's unsolicited feedback "under advisement." Then Ingraham offered Hannity a charged opinion of her own: "I've got an idea. You handle your hour, and I'll handle mine."

Ingraham's passive-aggressive suggestion must have struck a chord with her fellow Fox News host, because on Wednesday, the usually jovial Hannity kept things brief, making for a terse show handoff.

Tuesday's testy exchange did not go unnoticed in the cable news world. Over on rival MSNBC, All In's Chris Hayes covered the Fox News incident during his show. And when it came time for Hayes to handoff to fellow MSNBC host Maddow, she assured him that wouldn't happen with them. "Chris, I promise in all the time you and I share adjacent shows on this TV network we will never have a crossover like the one you just played from Fox," joked Maddow.

Maddow and Hayes genuinely seemed astounded by Hannity and Ingraham's back and forth. Maddow complimented Hayes on his astute observation of the encounter. "You nailed the thing that was scariest about it was the distance between the facial expressions and the conversation," said Maddow, adding "That was like, hide under a table; this is a scary family fight."

Hayes agreed the exchange "had real family fight vibes to it." Both the MSNBC anchors hoped that Hannity and Ingraham patch things up and wished them the best.

All In With Chris Hayes airs weeknights at 8 p.m. on MSNBC.

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