When Jimmy Kimmel goes high, Sean Hannity somehow goes even lower.
“That’s it for us tonight, Jimmy Kimmel is in for Sean,” Tucker Carlson joked as he tossed from his show to Hannity’s just before the 9 p.m. hour Monday night. Naturally, Hannity waited until the final moments of the show to address his somehow still-ongoing fight with the late-night host.
Hannity’s comments came after the late-night host attempted to end their feud over the weekend, releasing a statement on Twitter that aimed to tamp down the tension:
“While I admit I did have fun with our back and forth, after some thought, I realize that the level of vitriol from all sides (mine and me included) does nothing good for anyone and, in fact, is harmful to our country,” Kimmel wrote. “Even in 2018, the vile attacks against my wife and wishes for death on my infant son are shocking and I encourage those who made them to give their words and actions thought. I, too, 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,” he said.
As for the jokes that supposedly upset Hannity in the first place, Kimmel added, “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.”