ESPN Is Pissed At Jimmy Kimmel And He's Not Coming Back

Wednesday, October 17, 2007


Not in a million years would I ever think this would be the reaction from ESPN and Monday Night Football, but apparently Jimmy Kimmel upset them so much.....he's never coming back on the program. Via the NY Times.....

Jay Rothman, ESPN’s “Monday Night” producer, called Kimmel’s comments “classless and disappointing. It was cheap. The more he went on, the worse he got.”

Kimmel will not be invited back, Rothman said.

Theismann was more amused than annoyed by Kimmel’s comments, some of which he heard while watching TV at home. But he missed others while watching “CSI: Miami” on CBS, a new favorite since becoming a “free agent with nowhere to go.”

“I don’t have an opinion about what people say, but it’s nice to know you’re missed,” he said yesterday in a telephone interview. “It’s interesting that people remember me.” He said, without rancor, that he is not fully engaged in “Monday Night” because “it has become Tony Kornheiser’s show,” more about issues than football.
Okay this is garbage on all fronts if you ask me. First, Joe Theismann isn't even mad at Kimmel's comments and they seemed very much in jest. To go to this extreme is laughable. Also, Joe trying to take the high road and then throw in a dig at Tony is a joke as well. I think the only person that comes out looking good on this one is Kimmel who may or may not need the publicity, but probably doesn't care.

The only guest that Monday Night Football has put in the booth that was a roaring success (Barkley wasn't that great this year) is now never coming back. Look for Christian Slater next week.

‘Monday Night’ Is Not Amused by Kimmel (New York Times)
Jimmy Kimmel's Second Visit to the MNF Booth Will Be His Last, Apparently (Fanhouse)

10 Comments:

It's Sarah Silverman's influence.

Brock Landers said...
Oct 17, 2007, 2:24:00 PM  

Great, get Kimmel out of there. Hey, Jay Rothman, you think maybe the practice of inviting to the booth douchebags who add nothing to a football broadcast might have something to do with it too? Check into that.

I hope Kimmel's act shuts down that little sideshow. It'll be a public service. Comics working crap rooms sometimes walk crowds out of spite, I think Kimmel's comments were premeditated for that purpose.

TacoBellManager said...
Oct 17, 2007, 2:45:00 PM  

you know, you can just HTML the photo in yourself there Captain Lazy...

Sarge said...
Oct 17, 2007, 2:57:00 PM  

That was dumb.

Now Kimmel will just fire up ESPN for a week or two, and make his boy Bill Simmons uncomfortable.

Jarrett Carter said...
Oct 17, 2007, 3:09:00 PM  

And, Tony Korny stays? Wazsn't his tenth grade stand up bit before Monday's game grounds enough to remove his unfunny annoying ass?

Disnergy.

hollywood wags said...
Oct 17, 2007, 3:25:00 PM  

Joe Thiesmann has a new favorite in the form of DAVID CARUSO. Man, that is some hard-hitting journalism right there.

GMoney said...
Oct 17, 2007, 3:26:00 PM  

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JFishSports said...
Oct 17, 2007, 3:53:00 PM  

Only ESPN could take a program that needs no writers and make it so bad, that they need writers.

Korny was always a TV version of a blogger, casting opinions, kudos and dispersions upon whomever would listen/watch.

Now he has to fill 4 hours with his lame BS, and it doesn't work. Name one stand up comedien who has a 4 hour act? NO ONE! So stop trying!

Anonymous said...
Oct 17, 2007, 4:27:00 PM  

Why not just have Regis in the booth every week, he's not threatening to anybody, about as interesting as a warm cup of camel spit, and could laugh at Korny's Borscht Belt terrible jokes.

hollywood wags said...
Oct 17, 2007, 4:50:00 PM  

No one puts baby Theismann in a corner and gets away with it.

Oct 17, 2007, 4:54:00 PM  

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