- Aaron Rodgers recently suggested Jimmy Kimmel is a pedophile
- The comedian responded in kind
- THIS is how the feud breaks down
The stage was set on 'The Pat McAfee Show,' where Rodgers, the gridiron gladiator, vehemently denied calling Kimmel a pedophile and questioned if the king of comedy actually tuned in to his previous statements. Kimmel, never one to shy away from a good roast, jabbed back at Rodgers' smarts during his monologue, and boy, did he have more zingers up his sleeve on Tuesday!
The roasts keep coming
With the ease of a seasoned pro, Kimmel quipped about the "tripledemic" – the flu, COVID, and RSV joining forces like a mucus-filled trio of trouble – and cheekily suggested Americans seek medical advice from their trusted NFL quarterbacks.
But Rodgers wasn't about to take it lying down. The quarterback, known for his laser-sharp passes, tackled the idea of being "canceled" head-on. He called out the media's "trap" and stood firm against the name-calling and attempts to sideline him.
From being labeled anti-vax to a MAGA supporter, Rodgers cleared the air, stating his support for informed consent and distancing himself from former President Trump's movement.
The celebrity QB, who's thrown his support behind Robert Kennedy Jr., declared he'd wear the "conspiracy theorist" label with pride, given his recent track record. But he drew the line at being branded an antisemite or any other baseless accusation. Rodgers' game plan? To call out those who use inflammatory words to silence dissenting voices.
This feud is just heating up.
How it started
Aaron suggested on the 'Pat McAfee Show' that Kimmel’s name might be among those listed in documents that identify Jeffrey Epstein’s associates, doubled down on debunked conspiracy theories Tuesday, declining to apologize to Kimmel for his remarks.
"I said, that a lot of people, and I’m quoting myself here, ‘a lot of people — including Jimmy Kimmel — are really hoping that [list] doesn’t come out,’ end quotes, that’s what I said," Rodgers told McAfee.
"I was referring to the fact that if there is a list — which again, this hasn’t come out yet, this was just a deposition — and there are names on it, then that would be the second time that a soft brain, junior college student, you know, wacko anti-vax, anti-Semite, purveyor, spreading misinformation, conspiracy theorists, MAGA — whatever other things have been said by him and other people in the media — would be right twice."
Rodgers on Tuesday acknowledged, "how serious an allegation of pedophilia would be."
"So, for him to be upset about that, I get it," Rodgers said. "I’m not stupid enough … to accuse you of that with absolutely zero evidence, concrete evidence." Though Rodgers said he would like to put the issue “to bed, to move forward," he suggested that the media was looking to "cancel" him.
"This is the gameplan of the media, this is what they do," Rodgers told McAfee. "They try and cancel … it’s not just me. I wish him the best. I don’t give a s— what he says about me," Rodgers said of Kimmel. "As long as he understands what I actually said, that I’m not accusing him of being on a list and I’m all for moving forward."
"They use these words to cancel people and they went and ran with this because it’s the crazy, anti-vaxxer whacko again talking about, accusing somebody of being a pedophile? Of course. This is the game plan they use. Incorrect, but that’s the environment that we’re in," he concluded.
As the dust settles on this late-night scrimmage, one thing's for sure: in the celebrity arena, it's not just about making the play – it's about playing the media game. And whether it's with a football or a punchline, Kimmel and Rodgers know how to keep the crowd on the edge of their seats.