After Making Fun of Melania's Accent and Getting Blasted by Sean Hannity, Jimmy Kimmel Issues a Statement

| APR 8, 2018 | 8:10 PM

Fox News host Sean Hannity and comedian Jimmy Kimmel's row over his mockery of first lady Melania Trump's accent ended with Kimmel calling for civility from both sides.

On Sunday, Kimmel posted a statement to Twitter in which he acknowledged that he had “fun” but said the vitriol from both sides is “harmful to our country.”

Just as he hopes the people who expressed their desire for his wife and son to die will give their words and actions more thought, he explained that he will do as well.

“I, too, will give my words more thought and recognize my role in inciting their hatefulness,” he wrote. “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 he believed his mimicking of Trump's Eastern European accent was a “harmless and silly aside,” but took Hannity at his word that he was “genuinely offended.”

“I am hopeful that Sean Hannity will learn from this too and continue his newly-found advocacy for women, immigrants and first ladies,” he said.

Hannity acknowledged the statement and tweeted that he would make a “full and comprehensive” response during his show on Monday night.

The feud between the two men began after Kimmel joked about Trump's pronunciation of “this” and “that” while she read to children at the White House Easter Egg Roll.