Jimmy Kimmel and Sean Hannity have been engaged in a nasty Twitter feud that took a strange turn when the late-night host drew fire for some tweets that some have considered to be homophobic, while Hannity maintains he’s taken offence to Kimmel imitating the accent of first lady Melania Trump on his talk show.
In a bit on April 2’s edition of “Jimmy Kimmel Live!”, Kimmel briefly imitated the first lady’s Eastern European accent. Ever since, Kimmel and Hannity have been trading punches on Twitter that hit a new low on Friday when Hannity blasted Kimmel as a “pervert,” “pig,” and “racist.”
However, Kimmel unexpectedly found himself taking heat for a pair of Twitter jokes he made in response to Hannity calling him an “a**clown” on his Fox News show. While the jokes were clearly meant to indicate Hannity’s subservience to President Donald Trump, some called the comments out as being homophobic.
On Sunday, Kimmel issued an apology, writing in a statement he released via Twitter: “I 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.”
Kimmel added a backhanded swipe at the bombastic Fox News host over his outrage at Kimmel’s brief impersonation of the first lady. “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.”
It appears as if a momentary ceasefire has been declared. On Monday’s edition of “Hannity”, the Fox News host declared that he accepted Kimmel’s apology — but issued a warning.
“If you do want to start up again, I’ll punch back even harder,” he said.