ESPN Rescinds Jimmy Kimmel Hatred, Everyone Hugs

Thursday, October 18, 2007


So ESPN has decided to take back their official slamming of Jimmy Kimmel's "classless and disappointing" comments, and is still backing the late night host. In a move that is Disnergy at it's finest (do you know if you die in their parks they take you out into the parking lot and say you died there?) ESPN's Executive VP for Content John Skipper has even called the host to smooth things over according to SI.....

Kimmel fits that bill as ABC's late-night host and a former member of Fox's NFL Sunday crew. He said ESPN's executive vice president for content John Skipper reached out to him in a phone call on Wednesday in an attempt to smooth things over. "I got a call from John Skipper who I like a lot," said Kimmel. "He was apologetic. The unfortunate thing for people who did not see the broadcast is now it looks like I exposed myself on national television. Really, I wasn't even making fun of Joe. I just thought it was a funny and inappropriate but harmless thing to bring up in the booth."

On Wednesday night, an ESPN spokesperson emailed a statement to SI.com: "We have had a great relationship working with Jimmy and we will continue to work with him in the future."

Kimmel said he read the Times piece online after midnight on Tuesday and "was surprised to say the least."
What the hell is going on? Here's what I'm thinking happened....Jimmy needs ratings which is why you put him in the booth in the first place. ESPN bashes him after he bashes Theismann. Jay Rothman gets a call from Disney/ABC telling him he's about to get canned if ESPN doesn't take it all back. Everyone forgets about the problem all together.

It's really that easy. And remember.....any publicity is good publicity. Bravo Jimmy Kimmel....I applaud you.

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8 Comments:

My roommate works for Disney, and when he had a heart attack on the job, they actually got the official report to say that it happened in the ambulance on the way to the hospital (I know, wtf!). Because, you know, nothing bad ever happens in the Magic Kingdom.

combat chuck said...
Oct 18, 2007, 11:27:00 AM  

http://snopes.com/disney/parks/declare.asp

urban legend

Anonymous said...
Oct 18, 2007, 11:39:00 AM  

I'd have liked Kimmel more if he threw that douche Korny out the booth, onto some fat woman in the stands, so he wouldn't have died, but gotten hurt.

hollywood wags said...
Oct 18, 2007, 11:41:00 AM  

ESPN is such a fucking joke. Whether it be Disney or MLB, they will bend over for anyone.

GMoney said...
Oct 18, 2007, 11:57:00 AM  

Kimmel committed the worst sin a man can in a broadcast booth - he talked about the elephant in the room. Standard Operating Procedure says "laugh, smile, and pretend it never happened" - kind of like Thanksgiving dinner at my house.

Extra P. said...
Oct 18, 2007, 2:19:00 PM  

His old lady's funnier.

Anonymous said...
Oct 18, 2007, 2:41:00 PM  

This is what I get for not watching the Tony Kornheiser show.

So whos' ESPN guests this week? The Geico Cavemen?(that's a crappy ABC show right?)

Rob Geezy said...
Oct 18, 2007, 5:41:00 PM  

I still say it was a publicity stunt.

NFL Adam said...
Oct 18, 2007, 10:39:00 PM  

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