Kimmel says he'll end feud with Hannity: The vitriol 'does nothing good'
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Late-night host Jimmy Kimmel said Sunday he will end his rhetorical feud with Fox News host Sean Hannity, concluding that the exchange is “harmful to our country.”

“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,” Kimmel tweeted.

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The two began taking aim at one another last week after Kimmel cracked a joke about first lady Melania TrumpMelania TrumpPamela Anderson claims she convinced Melania Trump to stop wearing fur The Hill's 12:30 Report — Kavanaugh controversy consumes Washington | Kavanaugh slated to testify Monday | Allegations shake up midterms The Hill's Morning Report — Sponsored by United Against Nuclear Iran — Kavanaugh and his accuser will testify publicly MORE’s accent based on a clip of her reading at the White House Easter Egg Roll.

Hannity played the clip on his show Wednesday night, and referred to Kimmel as an “assclown” and “despicable disgrace.” He demanded Kimmel apologize to the first lady. 

Kimmel, who frequently mocks President TrumpDonald John TrumpLondon terror suspect’s children told authorities he complained about Trump: inquiry The Memo: Tide turns on Kavanaugh Trump to nominate retiring lawmaker as head of trade agency MORE and his administration, fired back on his show the next evening, calling Hannity “the whole ass circus.”

The two have spent the last few days taking swipes at one another via Twitter, with Hannity calling Kimmel a “pervert” for his past work on “The Man Show,” and Kimmel joking that Hannity and Trump had a sexual relationship.

Kimmel on Sunday said that threats directed at his wife and infant son "are shocking." He urged those who sent the threats to consider their words.

“I, too, will give my words more thought and recognize my role in inciting their hatefulness,” Kimmel promised. 

Kimmel apologized to those who were offended by his joke that Hannity and Trump were sexually involved, but did not back off his joke aimed at Melania Trump.

“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,” Kimmel said.

Hannity acknowledged Kimmel’s remarks on Sunday afternoon, and said he would have a more comprehensive response on his show Monday night.