The 50-year-old Jimmy Kimmel Live! host took to Instagram on Sunday, April 8 to say sorry the 56-year-old The Sean Hannity Show host.
He writes in a statement in part,
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. 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,
It further reads,
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. "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.
Jimmy further adds the First Lady "almost certainly has enough to worry about without being used as a prop to increase TV ratings."
The statement continues,
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,
The argument has come after the Friday, April 6th episode of Jimmy Kimmel Live! where the late-night talk show host played a video clip of Donald Trump's wife Melania Trump reading a book to children at the White House Easter Egg Roll and joked about her accent.
Sean took to Twitter to slam Jimmy for making fun of the Melania and the men began a back-and-forth argument after which things got so heated that the political commentator compared The Man Show alum to disgraced filmmaker Harvey Weinstein.
The argument took a turn for the worse after Jimmy's response.
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.
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 https://t.co/R4QJCoGYCL
— Jimmy Kimmel (@jimmykimmel) April 6, 2018
Sean later realized his mistake and promised his fans that he will have “a full and comprehensive response” on Monday’s episode of his cable news show.