The “Jimmy Kimmel Live!” host issued a statement Sunday apologizing for the he-said, he-said between the two TV personalities, and admitted that he’d taken time to reflect after the argument erupted Friday over Kimmel’s jokes about First Lady Melania Trump.
“While I admit I did have fun with our back and forth, after some thought, I realize that the level of vitriol from all sides (mine and me included) does nothing good for anyone and, in fact, is harmful to our country,” he wrote.
The comedian said his wife and infant son Billy had received death wishes from angry fans, prompting the comedian to pause and reflect on his own words further.
Kimmel, 50, also apologized to members of the gay community for mocking Hannity’s “deference to the President,” and stood by his jokes about First Lady Melania Trump’s accent.
“I most certainly did not intend to belittle or upset members of the gay community and to those who took offense, I apologize,” he wrote. “I will take Sean Hannity at his word that he was genuinely offended by what I believed and still believe to be a harmless and silly aside referencing our First Lady’s accent. Mrs. Trump almost certainly has enough to worry about without being used as a prop to increase TV ratings.”
Kimmel was apologizing specifically for a tweet in which he joked about Hannity having sex with Trump.
“Don’t worry — just keep tweeting — you’ll get back on top! (or does Trump prefer you on bottom?),” he wrote Friday.
The comedian wrapped up his statement by expressing hope that Hannity would take the same amount of reflection he had, and emerge as a fighter for women.
“I am hopeful that Sean Hannity will learn from this too and continue his newly-found advocacy for women, immigrants and First Ladies and that he will triumph in his heroic battle against sexual harassment and perversion,” Kimmel wrote.
The late-night host’s last line was a sarcastic dig at Hannity’s relentless attacks on “The Man Show,” an old, oft-politically incorrect show Kimmel hosted with Adam Carolla in the early 2000s.
Hannity slammed Kimmel as being a “pervert a–hole” due to the nature of some of the show’s sketches, and even branded him “Harvey Weinstein junior.”
Shortly after Kimmel tweeted his statement, Hannity acknowledged in a tweet of his own that he was aware of the apology, but would respond accordingly tomorrow on his show.
On – 08 Apr, 2018 By Rachel Desantis