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Sean Hannity to Jimmy Kimmel: I Accept Your Forced Apology! Come on My Show!

After making some jokes that many viewed as homophobic, Jimmy Kimmel has apologized to the LGBT+ community.

And it appears that he's trying to quash his long-running beef with Sean Hannity at the same time. And, as the video below shows, it may have worked.

Hannity appears to have accepted Kimmel's apology — even though he calls it "forced" — and he's even inviting Kimmel to his show.

After rehashing the back-and-forth that's been going on between himself and Kimmel, Hannity says this of Kimmel's apology:

"On the surface, to be honest, it feels more like a forced Disney corporate apology directed more towards the LBGTQ community rather than about Kimmel’s comments about the first lady."

He seems to be pretending to say "LGBTQ" awkwardly, as if he doesn't read that acronym all of the time as part of his job, but whatever. His viewers will eat that up.

Hannity continues, saying:

"I believe everyone should accept apologies, that’s how I was raised, that’s what my religion teaches me, and I’m going to assume he’s sincere."

 

"But, from my perspective, I do really kind of enjoy a good fight, and I do agree with Jimmy in the sense that it’s time to move on."

Of course, Hannity knows where his bread is buttered, so he naturally pivots to a familiar topic for Trump fans.

"For me, it was never about Hannity vs. Jimmy Kimmel. It’s a lot bigger than that for me."

The man who once blasted Obama for ordering "fancy" mustard thinks that the media is being unfair to Trump. Honestly, that's wild.

"Just the level of hatred, vitriol against this president and his family is frankly unprecedented, as we've been talking about all night tonight."

He also refers to "the media" as "wholly an extension of the Democratic Party," which is almost funny for a few reasons, saying:

"What's even worse, we have this corrupt media industrial complex. We see it all working tonight."

Uh-huh.

Hannity then decides to extend and invitation.

"You seem sincere when you talk about healthcare. You seem sincere when you talk about the country."

Kimmel certainly is. The healthcare issue really touches him, as he'd never be able to afford care for his son if he weren't rich.

"I want to extend an invitation. You wanna come on the show, I'll promise: no name-calling, no anger."

That will be incredibly off-brand for Hannity. Also, it implies that he can reign in his anger.

"No rehashing of the Twitter fight. You want to have a serious discussion. We can talk about the President, his policies, healthcare, comedy, political correctness. …"

That would be … interesting.

As you may recall, Jimmy Kimmel and Sean Hannity have had some back-and-forth banter.

Hannity is sometimes regarded as the "last man standing" among long-running, big-name conservative mouthpieces at Fox News.

Kimmel has his late-night talk show on NBC and, like many Americans, blows off steam by poking fun at the endless three-ring circus known as the Trump Administration.

However, Kimmel sometimes would poke fun at Melania's accent, something that many feel should be off-limits. She never asked to be First Lady, after all.

This sparked a crude back-and-forth between Hannity and Kimmel. 

The very back-and-forth that escalated, with Kimmel's jokes becoming homophobic and Hannity comparing Kimmel to an alleged rapist. Yikes.

When Kimmel suggested that Hannity and Trump were in a sexual relationship, he certainly intended for it to inflame and embarrass Hannity, who is not exactly known as a friend of the LGBT+ community.

But the results are homophobic. Calling someone gay to upset them is pretty blatantly homophobic, regardless of your intentions.

So it's good that Jimmy apologized.

For the record, though, Sean Hannity used Jimmy Kimmel's appearance on that gross and sexist The Man Show (and yes, it was, even at the time) to compare him to Harvey Weinstein.

Those women on that show signed up to be there. That's a far cry from, you know, the women who accuse Harvey Weinstein of harassing, threatening, and raping them.

One worries that Hannity doesn't understand the distinction between gross behavior (for a television role) that has been unlearned and unforgivable acts of predation. 

Will he accept Hannity's invitation? Some would wonder what the point could be. Hannity's politics speak for themselves. Anyone still watching his show isn't likely to be swayed.

The only likely result is the normalization of Hannity's radically pro-Trump views and an undeserved ratings boost for Hannity.

Kind of hard to see what Kimmel has to gain from that. But he might go for it.

It's worth noting that Hannity also threatens to further embarrass Kimmel if the latter decides to reignite their feud. 

He apparently tasked producers to come up with, we're guessing, a lot of dumb statements and awkward moments of him goggling at women on The Man Show.

Like Hannity, I agree that it would be nice to see fewer people take shots at Barron Trump, Melania Trump, and things like Trump's typically American diet. 

(I'm a guy who eats kale-and-chicken burgers when I "get a burger," but if someone wants to eat a bucket of KFC or whatever, more power to them)

There are so many totally fair targets for ridicule. For example, almost everything else about Donald Trump.

 

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Jimmy Kimmel Apologizes to LGBT Community, Aims to Squash Beef with Sean Hannity

All Jimmy Kimmel is saying to Sean Hannity is…

… let’s give peace a chance.

Of course, this is not ALL Kimmel has been saying to Hannity, which is why the talk show host issued a lengthy statement on Twitter over the weekend.

Over the past several days, Kimmel and Hannity have been embroiled in quite a feud.

It started when the former made a few cracks about Melania Trump’s accent, which prompted Hannity to call Kimmel an “ass clown.”

(Kimmel had quipped about the First Lady pronouncing “this” as “dis” and setting a poor example for some school kids to whom she was reading.)

Kimmel made some jokes online in response, calling out Hannity for never exactly defending women or immigrants in the past, to which Hannity replied by playing clips of Kimmel as host of The Man Show many years ago.

He referred to Kimmel as “Harvey Weinstein Jr” and as a “pervert” for the way in which he interacted with women on this program back in the day.

From there, Kimmel made cracks about Hannity leaving lipstick on President Donald Trump’s rear end and wondering whether Hannity was a “top” or a “bottom” in his relationship with the Commander-in-Chief.

It was these jabs that, at least in part, have caued Kimmel to put an end to his back-and-forth with Hannity.

“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,” wrote Kimmel, adding that he did “have fun” exchanging barbs with Hanniyu.

HOWEVER…

“After some thought I realize that the level of vitriol (mine and me included) does nothing good for anyone and, in fact, is harmful to our country.”

The comedian also touched on “vile attacks” against his wife and “wishes for death” on his infant son that he had received as a result of the exchange, expressing hope that the instigators would “give their words and actions thought.”

Tongue firmly planed in cheek at times, Kimmel got in a few shots at Hannity while still seeking to calm tempers, writing:

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.

I am hopeful that Sean Hannity will learn from this too and continue his newly-found advocacy for women, immigrants and First Ladies and that he will triumph in his heroic battle against sexual harassment and perversion.”

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Hannity did not respond to this statement with one of his own.

Not yet at least anyway.

“Just had this pop up. I am at a tournament with my daughter. I’ll have a full and comprehensive response tomorrow on Hannity. 9 EST FOX,” the Fox News veteran Tweeted on Sunday.

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Even before this argument with Hannity, Kimmel was often a target of disdain from conservatives.

He has used his platform often of late to advocate for various causes, breaking down in tears at one point over a failure of Congress to pass gun control legislation.

Kimmel also pushed hard and emotionally for universal health care after his newborn son had to undergo emergency heart surgery last year.

You can watch Kimmel and his child together in the following video while the world anxiously waits to see if Hannity responds to Kimmel’s statement with class and maturity or…

… LOL, who are we kidding?

While we wait to see just how Hannity brags about how he clearly won this ongoing debate.

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Ellen DeGeneres Gifts Jimmy Kimmel a Hospital Room Named in His Son’s Honor

There's more to Jimmy Kimmel than interviews with Stormy Daniels or with The Bachelor favorite Bekah Martinez. He's a husband and a father.

He's opened up on his show about his son Billy's serious congenital heart problems that require multiple surgeries.

As you'll see in the sweet video below, Ellen DeGeneres has found a beautiful and meaningful way to honor his son's health battle.

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Jimmy Kimmel and Ellen DeGeneres affirm their friendship.

The two then discuss Jimmy Kimmel's young son's ongoing health battle. He was born with genetic heart disease.

Congenital heart problems can often be serious or even fatal, but Billy has undergone surgeries in an attempt to save his lie.

It's hard on Jimmy Kimmel and his wife. It's harder still on Billy.

When Ellen shares that she's about to spring one of her famous surprises on Jimmy Kimmel, he looks genuinely surprised.

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(Here, we see Jimmy Kimmel pinching his hand in an attempt to use acupressure to prevent himself for crying. Ellen tells him that the pressure point is for headaches. He's so goofy)

As it turns out, the wonderful surprise that Ellen has for Jimmy and his family is that she's had a hospital room named after Billy.

It is named in honor of him, not in memory — Billy is alive, folks.

It's a sweet move. Cynical critics might describe it as an "empty gesture," but it's not like Ellen can just magically heal Jimmy's son. This is a sweet thing to do.

And Ellen had another surprise for Jimmy Kimmel — she had some of his son's nurses from the hospital in the audience.

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Jimmy Kimmel has brought his son onto the stage with him as he continues to share Billy's health battle with audiences.

His candid sharing of that part of his life has made him one of the most vocal supporters of health care reform.

Many point to his moving, tearful monologues when they talk about the need for universal health care — that no one and especially no child should be condemned to die because they aren't rich.

Jimmy Kimmel of course, is rich enough to afford his son's treatments.

Any other family would have to try crowdsourcing or bankruptcy in an effort to save their baby's life.

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During his interview with Ellen, Jimmy Kimmel opens up about how emotional he gets.

As we mention, he shares that he sometimes pinches an acupressure point on his hand as an effort to hold back tears.

Ellen corrects him — acupressure points can sometimes have multiple purposes, but the point that he pinches to no avail is supposed to help with headache relief.

So, you know, no wonder that doesn't work for him.

Also, his teary eyes are a refreshing dose of emotional honesty in a society that tries to tell men that they're not supposed to cry.

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As you can see in the video below, both Jimmy and Ellen are delights.

But you probably already knew that.

(Of course, people who think that Ellen DeGeneres is part of the "deep state" that the US doesn't have in the first place probably think that Jimmy's part of the same nonexistent organization)

Watch this sweet video — and hear Jimmy Kimmel's anecdote of crying at someone else's wedding when he worked as a DJ.

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