Pat McAfee apologizes for role in escalating Aaron Rodgers-Jimmy Kimmel feud
Pat McAfee might’ve ruffled some feathers with his new bosses at ESPN after Aaron Rodgers reignited his feud with Jimmy Kimmel during his weekly appearance on “The Pat McAfee Show” on Tuesday.
McAfee addressed the situation on his Wednesday show and apologized for the media storm that ensued after Rodgers said he will pop “some sort of bottle” when the soon-to-be-released court documents containing a list linking individuals to convicted pedophile Jeffrey Epstein is released and suggested Kimmel will be named.
Kimmel threatened legal action against Rodgers in a response to a post Tuesday that included a video of the four-time MVP saying: There are a lot of people, including Jimmy Kimmel, that are really hoping that doesnt come out.”
McAfee explained that he “can understand why Jimmy got completely pissed,” but also said “Aaron was just trying to talk s–t” and joke as the NFL star and ABC talk show host have history.
The outspoken host went on to say that he hopes Rodgers and Kimmel can work things out, and he will wait for the Jets quarterback to speak on the matter.
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— Pat McAfee (@PatMcAfeeShow) January 3, 2024“There is no formal outline of what we’re going to talk about and how we’re going to talk about it,” he said. “There is no scheduled conversations, there is no scheduled debates, there is no topics for you to think about before you get in there.
“There is just an opportunity to talk about damn near everything for three and a half hours and in doing so … good times can be had, laughter can be had … and on the flip side, there can be things that are certainly, probably we’re going to have to hear from Aaron on that meant to be s–t talk joke that can then become something that is obviously a very serious allegation that then leads to a massive overnight story.”
What we know about the Jeffrey Epstein list of 170 associates
- On Wednesday, documents were released naming 170 associates of accused sex trafficker Jeffrey Epstein. The list included Michael Jackson, magician David Copperfield, Stephen Hawking, former Israeli Prime Minister Ehud Barak and former President Bill Clinton who an Epstein victim said “likes them young, referring to girls.”
- Disgraced royal Prince Andrew, a known friend of Epstein, was named in the documents and was previously sued by Epstein accuser Virginia Giuffre, who accused Andrew of sexual misconduct toward her. According to one royal family expert, the Firm “will stand beside” the Duke of York “no matter what.”
- Epsteins former attorney and friend Alan Dershowitz defended the late multimillionaire sex offenders associates, saying: None of us knew about his private life that he kept so secret. Dershowitz, who is on the list, added that no one should be automatically convicted in the court of public opinion simply for showing up in court documents.
- Epstein’s brother, Mark Epstein, told The Post that the ex-business mogul said he could have upended the 2016 election over what he knew about both Donald Trump and Hillary Clinton: Heres a direct quote: If I said what I know about both candidates, theyd have to cancel the election. Thats what Jeffrey told me in 2016.”
- Only some of the 170 names and their relationships to Epstein have been released. The remainder of the documents will likely become public record throughout the next week.
Keep up with The Post’s live blog on the revelations about Epstein’s associates revealed in the newly released documents here.
McAfee explained that he doesn’t like the fact that he and his show were associated with something negative.
“But I can see exactly why Jimmy Kimmel felt the way he felt, especially with his position, but I think Aaron was just trying to talk s–t,” he said.
“Now do I think it went too far? … Jimmy Kimmel certainly said that was the case.”
3Pat McAfee addresses the Aaron Rodgers-Jimmy Kimmel drama on his ESPN show on Jan. 3, 2023. X/Pat McAfeeMcAfee’s co-host, Ty Schmit, said Kimmel and Rodgers have been “jousting a bit,” which seemed to be a reference to their contentious history.
Their beef originated in November 2021when Kimmel slammed Rodgers after the then-Packers quarterback tested positive for COVID-19.
Follow along with everything we’ve found out about Jeffrey Epstein and his associates.
“So, we apologized for being a part of it,” McAfee continued. “I can’t wait to see what Aaron has to say about it.
“Hopefully those two will just be able to settle this not court-wise, but be able to chit chat and move along because, remember, you’re allowed to disagree with other people’s opinions.”
3Jimmy Kimmel delivers his opening monologue at the 95th Academy Awards in the Dolby Theatre on March 12, 2023 in Hollywood, Calif. Los Angeles Times via Getty ImagMcAfee explained why he is “moving on” from the drama.
“I can understand why Jimmy got incredibly pissed … But also I think Aaron is like, ‘Hey, this gy has said some stuff about me in his monologue,'” he said.
“He’s just trying to s–t talk. I don’t think he meant anything else but he’s going to have to clarify that.
“But, for us, we would just like to continue to be a place where people can escape life in that moment we didn’t for a lot of folks and a lot of reasons we shall move on.”
3Jets quarterback Aaron Rodgers on “The Pat McAfee Show” on Jan. 2, 2023. X/Pat McAfeeMcAfee added that he was running on two hours of sleep at the time of Rodgers’ appearance on his show due to covering the Rose Bowl for ESPN on Monday.
An ESPN spokesperson declined to comment when asked by The Post about the situation.
Rodgers brought up Kimmel when his former Packers teammate, A.J. Hawk, who serves as a co-host with McAfee, referenced Epstein and the forthcoming list of names with ties to the late accused sex trafficker.
In his response, Kimmel claimed Rodgers put him and his family in danger.
“For the record, Ive 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 cant seem to distinguish from reality,” Kimmel wrote in a post on X.
“Your reckless words put my family in danger. Keep it up and we will debate the facts further in court.”
Rodgers has yet to address Kimmel’s threat as of Wednesday afternoon.
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