Hannity Accepts Kimmel Apology, Slams 'Corrupt Media'

He says he'll 'hit back harder' if Kimmel resumes feud
By Rob Quinn,  Newser Staff
Posted Apr 10, 2018 2:56 AM CDT
Sean Hannity of Fox News arrives in National Harbor, Md.   (AP Photo/Carolyn Kaster, File)
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(Newser) – They'll probably never be on each other's Christmas cards lists, but the feud between Jimmy Kimmel and Sean Hannity appears to be over. On his Fox show Monday night, Hannity grudgingly accepted what he called a "forced, corporate, Disney apology" from Kimmel, Mediaite reports. "From my perspective, I really do enjoy a good fight and I do agree with Jimmy in the sense it's time to move on," said Hannity, who went on to slam the "utter hypocrisy" of the "corrupt media industrial complex" and demand an end to "cheap shots" like Kimmel's jokes about Melania Trump's accent. "This was never about Hannity vs. Jimmy Kimmel, it’s a lot bigger than that for me," he said.

Kimmel—who said he and his family had been receiving death threats—was invited to appear on Hannity's show. "I'll promise no name calling, no anger, no rehashing of the Twitter fight," the host said. "You wanna have a serious discussion? We can talk about the president, policies, health care, comedy, political correctness." But Hannity, who dubbed Kimmel "Harvey Weinstein Jr." after airing racy clips from the ABC host's old Comedy Central show, warned that he would roll out more damaging clips if Kimmel resumed hostilities, the New York Daily News reports. "I promise I will punch back even harder and my producer spent all weekend compiling a lot of your highlights, or lowlights, in your career," he said. "They don't make you look too good." (Read more Sean Hannity stories.)

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