Jimmy Kimmel Issues Apology to Hannity, Melania Trump

He says infant son has received threats
By Rob Quinn,  Newser Staff
Posted Apr 9, 2018 1:50 AM CDT
Updated Apr 9, 2018 6:21 AM CDT
Fox News Channel's Sean Hannity speaks during a 2016 Ted Cruz rally.   (AP Photo/Rick Scuteri, File)
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(Newser) – If it counts as a victory when the person you're feuding with apologizes because his infant son has received death threats, then Sean Hannity just won his feud with Jimmy Kimmel. Kimmel tweeted a lengthy statement Sunday, apologizing for the remark about Melania Trump's accent that first offended Hannity, as well as for tweets critics called homophobic, People reports. "When your clown makeup rubs off on Trump’s a--, does it make his butt look like a Creamsicle?" Kimmel said in one tweet Saturday. In tweets of his own, Hannity—who aired clips from Kimmel's old Comedy Central show Friday, including a "Guess What's In My Pants" segment, called his rival "Harvey Weinstein Jr." and a "disgusting pervert."

Kimmel said the back and forth with Hannity had been fun, but he realized the "level of vitriol from all sides" was doing no good for anybody and was "harmful for the country." He said those who wished death on his 11-month-old son should give their actions thought, and promised to "give more thought and recognize my role in inciting hatefulness," Politico reports. He said he would take 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." He added that he hoped the Fox host would learn from his "newly found advocacy for women, immigrants, and first ladies." In a tweet Sunday, Hannity promised to give Kimmel a "full and comprehensive response" on his show Monday night. (Read more Jimmy Kimmel stories.)

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