The feud between NFL star Aaron Rodgers and late-night host Jimmy Kimmel has escalated into a full-blown media spectacle. The controversy began with Rodgers’ discussion about the Epstein client list on the Pat McAfee Show late last year.
Kimmel responded at the time by portraying Rodgers as an “overly concussed wacko” for his views, which sparked a media frenzy.
Dear Aasshole: for the record, I’ve not met, flown with, visited, or had any contact whatsoever with Epstein, nor will you find my name on any “list” other than the clearly-phony nonsense that soft-brained wackos like yourself can’t seem to distinguish from reality. Your reckless… https://t.co/p8eug12uiS
— Jimmy Kimmel (@jimmykimmel) January 2, 2024
Last Tuesday, however, the upcoming release of the Epstein list was discussed again on the McAfee show. Rodgers raised the topic by mentioning Kimmel’s name, leading to speculation about the late-night host, as well as other celebrities. Kimmel took it personally and threatened to sue Rodgers.
On Tuesday, however, Rodgers publicly countered Kimmel’s remarks head-on. “There’s excitement about when the corruption anywhere gets exposed and people who are accused of these heinous crimes get exposed, that will be nice,” said Rodgers.
“And then unprompted, he comes out and says that I’m ‘an overly concussed wacko.’ In my opinion, it seemed like because I believe that there was a list and that there were names on that. Right?” said Rodgers
“I’m not stupid enough, even though you think I’m not stupid enough, to accuse you of that with absolutely zero evidence, concrete evidence, that’s ridiculous.” The statement was a direct response to Kimmel’s insinuations and threat of going to court.
In his show Monday night, Kimmel defended himself by stating, “I don’t know Jeffrey Epstein. I’ve never met Jeffrey Epstein. I’m not on the list. I was not on a plane or an island or anything ever.”
“Now we’re hearing from lots more of them thanks to Aaron Rodgers who I guess believes one of two things: Either he actually believes my name was going to be on Epstein’s list, which is insane. Or the more likely scenario is he doesn’t actually believe that,” said Kimmel.
“He just said it because he’s mad at me for making fun of his top knot and his lies about being vaccinated. I get he’s particularly upset, I think, because I made fun of the fact that he floated this wacko idea that the UFO sightings that were in the news were being reported to distract us from the Epstein list. That was Aaron’s theory that he shared, and I mocked.”
“Well, let me show you the moment that so badly bruised Aaron’s Thanksgiving Day parade-sized ego. Needless to say, all this UFO talk has the tinfoil hatters going wild, including Green Bay whack-packer Aaron Rodgers, who offered this hot take on the Pat McAfee show.”
Many have rallied behind Rodgers, praising his courage to stand up against a figure like Kimmel. Rodgers criticized the media’s tactics, stating, “This is the game plan of the media… They try and cancel, you know, and it’s not just me.”
Kimmel and Rodgers have beef that traces back almost a year. Back in February of 2023, Rodgers mentioned that there were files on Epstein’s list that had important names on it. While on the same show with McAfee, Rodgers joked, “Did you hear about the Epstein Client List about to be released too?”
After that Kimmel fired shots at Rodgers, calling him a “whack-Packer” as well as a “tin foil hatter.” After displaying the Rodger’s clip on his show, Kimmel said, “It might be time to revisit that concussion protocol.”