Published: Wed, April 11, 2018
Worldwide | By Lisa Hogan

Jimmy Kimmel apologizes to gay community for Sean Hannity jokes

Jimmy Kimmel apologizes to gay community for Sean Hannity jokes

Kimmel ended the fighting on Sunday with a tweet apologizing for bringing the LGBTQ community into the vitriol, saying, "I, too, will give my words more thought...."

Hannity called Kimmel a racist, pervert and "Harvey Weinstein jr".

Hannity was likely referring to Kimmel's comments in his apology, in which he said, "By lampooning Sean Hannity's deference to the President, I most certainly did not intend to belittle or upset members of the gay community".

On ABC's "Jimmy Kimmel Live" on April 2, Kimmel poked fun at the first lady's reading of a children's book at the White House Easter egg hunt.

Regardless, on his Thursday show Sean Hannity called out Kimmel in a manner that apparently hurt Kimmel's feelings, because on Thursday night Kimmel replayed his clip on insulting Mrs. Trump and then responded to Hannity in a manner that included Kimmel talking about Hannity's ability or inability to have an erection.

Hannity took exception. The two exchanged barbs through the week.

The late-night host said he still thought his initial joke was an innocuous rib about the first lady.

Hannity reluctantly accepted Kimmel's "forced, Disney corporate apology", before inviting him on his show. While he did not apologize to Hannity, he did offer regret for the joke that started the entire episode: "Mrs. Trump nearly certainly has enough to worry about without being used as a prop to increase TV ratings". He mocked the accent of the first lady, who was born in Slovenia. Attacking the first lady for her accent is just one small example, but it's a line in the sand for me.

Tough guys don't apologize, and if they must, they certainly don't do it on Fox News. He also reminded Hannity that he'd been a supporter of Alabama senate candidate Roy S. Moore, who was accused my multiple women of sexual misbehavior.

On Sunday, he apologised in a tweet directed at the Fox News primetime host. That's what my religion teaches me, and I'm going to assume he's honest. However, Hannity said he assumes Kimmel's statement was "sincere" and that he would accept the funnyman's apology. From there, Hannity extended an invitation to have Kimmel on his show.

Kimmel continued the spat on Twitter by tweeting numerous jokes poking fun at Hannity's sexuality and his close relationship with President Donald Trump. I'll have a full and comprehensive response tomorrow on Hannity. If you want to come on this show, I promise no name-calling, no anger, no rehashing of the Twitter fight.

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