The Jimmy Kimmel-Aaron Rodgers feud took another turn last night on Jimmy Kimmel Live!. The late-night TV host unloaded on the New York Jets quarterback in a scathing response.
Things escalated during Kimmel's holiday break when Rodgers made an appearance on The Pat McAfee Show. The football star suggested that Kimmel was nervous about the list of Jefferey Epstein's associates going public.
Kimmel responded on Twitter, denying any connection to Epstein and indicating that his family was in danger thanks to Rodgers comments. Kimmel further suggested that he and Rodgers settle things in court. For his part, Pat McAfee apologized to Kimmel.
But the comedian, no stranger to feuds, wasn't going to let things go without having a more public response. Kimmel's monologue on Monday night unloaded on Rodgers, calling him a "Karen" and relentlessly mocking Rodgers' ego and intelligence.
"Aaron Rodgers has a very high opinion of himself," Kimmel said. "Because he had success on the football field, he believes himself to be an extraordinary being."
"The idea that his brain is just average is unfathomable to him," Kimmel continued. The late-night host went on to rip Rodgers' for his vaccination stance during the COVID-19 pandemic, reminding his audience that Rodgers doesn't have a degree in immunology nor has he studied the human body.
"Aaron got two As on his report card," Kimmel joked. "And they were both in the word 'Aaron.'" The comedian wasn't done there.
"And can you imagine this hamster-brained man thinks he knows what the government is up to because he's a quarterback doing research on YouTube and listening to podcasts," he said. Kimmel's ultimate conclusion? "Aaron Rodgers is too arrogant to know how ignorant he is."
Kimmel also pushed back against any criticism that he can't take a joke or that Rodgers didn't say anything different from what late-night TV hosts say. The host argued that he doesn't lie and instead uses a team of fact-checkers to ensure he has the truth. Kimmel also stated he's never made the kind of accusation that was behind Rodgers' comments.
So what's next in the Jimmy Kimmel-Aaron Rodgers feud? Kimmel claimed that he'll move on if Rodgers apologizes. However, the late-night host isn't holding his breath.