In an online spat on between NFL star Quarterback Aaron Rogers and SNL alum Jimmy Kimmel, the latter seemed to be so wrapped up in his dramatic histrionics that he forgot the world was watching, and the internet never forgets. Luckily, comedian Rob Schneider was quick to remind him of this.
After Rodgers, appearing on a podcast with ESPN’s Pat McAfee, stated that Kimmel may be featured among the names named in the documents linking prominent figures to the serial sex offender and child sex trafficker Jeffrey Epstein, an incensed Kimmel reposted the interview to X with an angry missive claiming that the NY Jets Quarterback put his family “in danger,” and threatened legal action.
“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 words put my family in danger. Keep it up and we will debate the facts further in court.”
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
The community on ‘X’ however, was watching and fellow SNL legend, comedian Rob Schnieder was quick to point out that Kimmel’s own commentary aimed at Americans resisting MRNA vaccine mandates was far worse. He recalled when the late-night host suggested during a shocking monologue that unvaccinated Americans should be turned away from Intensive Care units and left to die due to their choice not to subject themselves to the unproven MRNA treatment.
Schneider wrote, “You, @jimmykimmel asking for hospitals to NOT treat unvaccinated patients and let them die in hospital corridors was dangerous, wrong and shameful and fed into people being fired, demonized and ostracized. And YOU NEVER APOLOGIZED.”
You, @jimmykimmel asking for hospitals to NOT treat unvaccinated patients and let them die in hospital corridors was dangerous, wrong and shameful and fed into people being fired, demonized and ostracized.
And YOU NEVER APOLOGIZED. https://t.co/sOlBJ9GySJ
— Rob Schneider (@RobSchneider) January 4, 2024
Schneider was hardly the only prominent voice critical of Kimmel’s outburst and presumption. Award-winning cartoonist George Alexopoulos opined, “I’m sure it was just a joke, wheezy. Remember that time you joked about refusing medical service to half the country for refusing to take an experimental vaccine that’s now been proven to cause circulatory trauma and heart attacks, though?”
Chief Nerd pointed out in the comments that Kimmel has had a predilection toward targeting Rodgers with what could generously be called his ‘comedy.’ Chief Nerd wrote, “You spent YEARS peddling libelous accusations against @AaronRodgers12 like the one below. I hope he returns the favor and sues the shit out of you for defamation.”
— Chief Nerd (@TheChiefNerd) January 3, 2024
Prominent commentator Dom Lucre replied to Kimmel calling Rodgers “a GOAT” while adding “you a SHEEP.”
Many others were even less charitable, suggesting that Kimmel “doth protest too much,” and that his reaction could be evidence of his concern that his name could appear in connection to Epstein.
ESPN host Pat McAfee offered what MSNBC called a “weak apology” on Wednesday saying “I can see exactly why Jimmy Kimmel felt the way he felt, especially with his position,” McAfee said. “But I think Aaron was just trying to talk s—. Now, did it go too far? … Jimmy Kimmel certainly said that was the case.”
Along with the video he posted to X, he added the caption “We like our show to be an uplifting one.”
— Pat McAfee (@PatMcAfeeShow) January 3, 2024
One commentator replied to McAfee suggesting, “Ah so Disney and ESPN clearly sat down with you and made you come out and apologize. Embarrassing.”