Kimmel brings Hannity’s daughter into their feud, but sponsors have had enough

“Comedian” Jimmy Kimmel is sorry, not sorry, for making sexist, homophobic attacks against Fox News host Sean Hannity. Amid backlash from gay-rights advocates and bipartisan outrage on social media, Kimmel issued a passive-aggressive faux “apology” on Twitter.

“I most certainly did not intend to belittle or upset members of the gay community and to those who took offense, I apologize,” Kimmel tweeted (see below). In other words, Kimmel is sorry if you took offense — not that he said something offensive.

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Jimmy Kimmel issued a non-apology for making misogynistic, homophobic jokes about Sean Hannity amid backlash from network executives and gay-rights groups.

Kimmel began his note: “While I admit I did have fun with our little 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.”

He then made light of his anti-immigrant insult mocking Melania Trump’s accent. For the record, millions of Americans have accents or live in homes where they were raised by parents with foreign accents. We thought liberals loved immigrants? (Or maybe they just love illegal immigrants.)

“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,” Kimmel tweeted. “Mrs. Trump almost certainly has enough to worry about without being used as a prop to increase TV ratings.”

Hannity did not reply on Twitter to Kimmel’s non-apology, saying he will address the matter on his show Monday night (April 9).

“I am at a tournament with my daughter,” Sean tweeted. “I’ll have a full and comprehensive response tomorrow on ‘Hannity.'”

The brouhaha erupted last week after Kimmel mocked Melania Trump‘s accent on his late-night TV show. “Like dis and dat,” Kimmel taunted, impersonating her Slovenian accent.

Melania speaks five languages, while Kimmel can barely speak one.

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Hannity responded the next day on his show by calling Kimmel an “ass-clown.”

“What a disgrace!” Hannity said. “That’s her fifth language. How many do you speak?”

An enraged Kimmel reacted by slamming Hannity on Twitter, writing: “If I’m an ass clown — and I might very well be — you, Sean, are the whole ass circus.”

Hannity reminded Kimmel of the time he used blackface in a skit involving former NBA great Karl Malone. “You are also a racist bigot,” Hannity said.

After some more verbal jabs back-and-forth on Twitter, Kimmel crossed the line by bringing Hannity’s 16-year-old daughter into the feud, asking: “Would you want your daughter being “grabbed by the p*ssy? Yes or no?”

Kimmel then upped the ante by making a homophobic dig with a lewd sexual reference to Hannity and President Trump.

Jimmy Kimmel’s passive-aggressive non-apology was evicerated on Twitter, with many pointing out that it was not a sincere apology, but merely a response to heavy backlash on social media and pressure from his network bosses.

Conservative author Michelle Malkin observed: “Looks like Disney overlords gave the accent-mocking, gay sex-deriding, holier-than-thou late-night minstrel a dressing down.”

Another person wrote: “This is not an apology, Jimmy Kimmel. This is you being threatened by your sponsors. NOWHERE do you apologize to FLOTUS, Sean Hannity’s daughter, or millions of others you’ve offended.”

Meanwhile, check out the TV ratings for the third week of March 2018. Any questions?

  • Sean Hannity: 3.1 million
  • Jimmy Kimmel: 1.83 million

In March, Kimmel hosted the 2018 Oscars, which featured lots of anti-Trump jokes. But Trump supporters got the last laugh, as the show’s ratings cratered 16% from the previous year, and were the lowest-rated in the history of the Academy Awards.

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The Trump-bashing 2018 Oscars, which Kimmel hosted, were the lowest-rated in Academy Awards history.

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Samantha Chang

Samantha Chang is a financial editor who writes about politics at BizPac Review, about business at CCN, and general news at HVY. She is a law school graduate and an alum of the University of Pennsylvania. You can find her on Twitter at Samantha_Chang.
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