“It’s Time to Move On”: Is Sean Hannity Actually Ending the Kimmel Feud?
The bizarre, occasionally amusing and ultimately pathetic week-long war of words between Sean Hannity and Jimmy Kimmel took another weird turn Monday night when Hannity accepted Kimmel’s apology — and then put his dukes right back up.
During the closing moments of his Fox News program, Hannity admitted that, as much as he “really does enjoy a good fight,” he agreed with his sparring partner that it was “time to move on.”
Psych! … Only moments later, he came off like he was just itching for more action.
“Jimmy, if you do want to start up again, I promise I will punch back even harder,” tough-guy Hannity said. “And my producer spent all weekend compiling a lot of your highlights, or lowlights, in your career. They don’t make you look too good. Instead of airing them, we will put them in storage and we have more important pressing issues like what’s happening in Syria and gassing of women and children.”
Someone needs to get this blowhard together with Conner McGregor.
The TV hosts began feuding last week when Hannity objected to a joke in which Kimmel mocked Melania Trump’s accent. Hannity called Kimmel a variety of names, including “ass clown” and “despicable disgrace.” Kimmel, of course, fired back: “If I’m an ass clown . . . you, Sean, are the whole ass circus,” he said. “The ass lion tamer and the ass human cannonball . . . you’re the Ringling Brothers and Barnum & Bailey of ass-clownsmanship.” (It’s worth noting that this is not Kimmel’s first feud with a Fox host; last year, he also had a brief spat with Fox & Friends co-host Brian Kilmeade, whom the comedian called a “phony little creep” after the pundit criticized Kimmel for his health-care coverage following his infant son’s health scare.) Kimmel and Hannity’s feud later spilled over to Twitter, where the comedian wrote, among many other things, “Don’t worry—just keep tweeting—you’ll get back on top! (or does Trump prefer you on bottom?) Either way, keep your chin up big fella..XO.”
Conservatives did not like Kimmel’s joke about Hannity, calling it homophobic—the same way they did when Stephen Colbert insinuated during an infamously fiery monologue that the president’s mouth was best used as Vladimir Putin’s “c–k holster.” Kimmel deleted his tweet, and on Sunday issued an apology on Twitter—along with a call to bury the hatchet.
— Jimmy Kimmel (@jimmykimmel) April 8, 2018
Kimmel also addressed the backlash he received for resorting to homophobic jokes at Hannity’s expense. (Among other things, he said Donald Trump’s election victory had given Hannity a relentless erection).
“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 said.