February 28, 2024

By Lisa Respers France | CNN

Jimmy Kimmel stated he didn’t count on an apology from Aaron Rodgers and he didn’t get one from the NFL quarterback on Tuesday’s episode of “The Pat McAfee Present.”

Rodgers as a substitute defined his perspective about his personal remarks made on McAfee’s present final week wherein he advised Kimmel is perhaps named in paperwork figuring out associates of Jeffrey Epstein, the disgraced financier and convicted pedophile who died in jail earlier than he may face trial on federal intercourse trafficking expenses.

Kimmel strongly refuted that and pushed again on Rodgers in a social media post final week and in his opening monologue on his late-night present on Monday.

“I’m glad that Jimmy will not be on the listing. I actually am,” Rodgers stated Tuesday. “I don’t suppose he’s the P-word [pedophile.] I feel it’s spectacular {that a} man who went to Arizona State and has 10 joke writers can learn off a prompter.”

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Rodgers additionally stated that whereas he’s not a “sufferer,” he believes he was focused to be “canceled.”

“That is the sport plan of the media, and that is what they do,” the athlete stated. “They try to cancel, you already know? And it’s not simply me.”

Rodgers referenced jokes Kimmel made on his present years prior in regards to the NFL star’s determination to not get vaccinated towards Covid as a part of a working historical past between the 2, which he stated he’d like to maneuver on from.

“I want him one of the best. I don’t give a s— what he says about me,” Rodgers stated of Kimmel. “So long as he understands what I really stated, that I’m not accusing him of being on a listing and I’m all for transferring ahead.”

Rodgers additionally stated he’s not a part of MAGA, as those that are supporters of former President Donald Trump are referred to as.

Kimmel spoke in regards to the controversy for greater than seven minutes Monday evening.

It was a baseless allegation, Kimmel stated, and he let or not it’s identified on the prime of ABC’s “Jimmy Kimmel Reside!” that because the Epstein listing has come out, “after all, my identify isn’t on it and received’t ever be on it.”

“I don’t know Jeffrey Epstein, I’ve by no means met Jeffrey Epstein,” Kimmel stated throughout his first dwell present of the brand new yr. “I’m not on a listing. I used to be not on a airplane or an island or something ever, and I advised that if Aaron wished to make false and really damaging statements like, that we must always do it in court docket so he can share his proof with, like, a decide.”

Kimmel went on to level on the market sadly are some who imagine the issues the injured New York Jets quarterback says, whilst he questioned whether or not Rodgers himself really believes them.

“Both he really believes my identify was going to be on Epstein’s listing – which is insane – or the extra doubtless state of affairs is he doesn’t really imagine that and he simply stated it as a result of he’s mad at me for making enjoyable of his prime knot and his lies about being vaccinated,” Kimmel stated of the well-known vaccine skeptic.