Sean Hannity Agrees to Ceasefire With Jimmy Kimmel, But He's Not Afraid to 'Punch Back Even Harder'
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Hannity accepts Kimmel's "forced Disney corporate apology" and invites Kimmel to come onto his show.

Sean Hannity has grudgingly agreed to a ceasefire with his TV host and social media nemesis, Jimmy Kimmel -- but the Fox News host is not afraid to "punch back even harder."

On Monday night, Hannity kept his audience on their toes for the better part of his show until he finally addressed Kimmel's attempt to end their week-long feud.

In his closing monologue, Hannity accepted Kimmel's "forced Disney corporate apology," but he also left open the opportunity for further debate by inviting Kimmel to come onto his show.

"It's over," Hannity said. "[But] if you start up again, I'll punch back even harder."

Since the start of Donald Trump's presidency, Kimmel has tackled topics such as health care and immigration on his late-night ABC show, "Jimmy Kimmel Live," but the feud between him and Hannity began when Kimmel made a joke about First Lady Melania Trump, poking fun at her heavy accent.

Hannity quickly jumped to FLOTUS' defense, calling Kimmel a "despicable disgrace," a "sick, twisted, creepy, perverted weirdo," an "ass clown" and "Harvey Weinstein Jr."

Kimmel's on-air response to Hannity only exacerbated the situation, and it spilled onto Twitter the next day.

"Don't worry -- just keep tweeting -- you'll get back on top! (or does Trump prefer you on bottom?)," Kimmel tweeted, among a slew of other insults aimed at Hannity. "Either way, keep your chin up big fella..XO."

After receiving swift backlash for resorting to gay jokes, Kimmel apologized to the LGBTQ community and sought to squash his beef with Hannity, saying the heated exchange was "harmful to our country."

He stood by his "harmless and silly aside referencing our First Lady's accent," however, but conceded, "Mrs. Trump almost certainly has enough to worry about without being used as a prop to increase TV ratings."

Read Kimmel's full statement on the beef below:

While I admit I did have fun with our back and forth, after some thought I realized 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.

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. 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. I am hopeful that Sean Hannity will learn form 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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