UPDATED with video: As promised, Sean Hannity gave a “full and comprehensive response” to ABC late-night host Jimmy Kimmel’s Sunday peace offering on his Monday show, modestly calling it “the moment many in the media have been waiting for.”
“I read the apology carefully,” Hannity said. “On surface, I’ll be honest, it seems to be more of a forced Disney corporate apology directed more towards the LGBTQ community rather than about Kimmel’s comments about the First Lady.
But, he said, “I believe everyone should accept apologies. That’s how I was raised, that’s how my religion teaches me and I’m gonna assume he’s sincere.”
Then he invited Kimmel on his show, saying, “I promise no name calling, no anger. No rehashing of the Twitter fight. You want to have a serious discussion, we can talk about the president, his politics, health care, comedy, political correctness …My bet is you’ll agree with me on a lot more issues than you think.”
The two TV program hosts spent a couple days last week slinging mud at each other, starting when Hannity called Kimmel a “despicable disgrace” and an “ass clown” over Kimmel’s monologue joke mocking First Lady Melania Trump’s accent as she read a children’s book at the White House Easter Egg Roll.
Kimmel called Hannity an “ass clown circus” and the two men were off and running.
Hours later, when the dust settled Friday night, Hannity was calling Kimmel a “pig, pervert and racist,” and Kimmel was teasing, “I’m starting to think SOMEONE has a crush on me.”
On Sunday, however, Kimmel tweeted a peace offering:
While I admit I did have fun with our back and forth, after some thought I realized 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.”
Even in 2o18 the vile attacks against my wife and wishes for death on my infant son are shocking and I encourage those who made them to give their words and actions thought. I, too, will give my words more thought and recognize my role in inciting their hatefulness.
By lampooning Sean Hannity’s deference to the President I most certainly did not intend to belittle or upset members of the gay community and to those who took offense I apologize. I will take Sean Hannity at his word that he was genuinely offended by what I believed and still believe to b a harmless and silly aside referencing our First Lady’s accent.
He said he hoped Hannity would learn from this experience as well, 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.”