"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."
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.