NEW YORK – Jimmy Kimmel said he would accept an apology from New York Jets quarterback Aaron Rodgers for inappropriate comments linking the comic to Jeffrey Epstein, but he does not expect such an apology.
“A decent person would apologize,” Kimmel said Monday during his first appearance on the late-night ABC show since Rodgers’ comments. “But he probably won’t.”
Last week, weekly appearances on ESPN’s “The Pat McAfee Show” included Rodgers suggests Kimmel’s name may appear She is on the list of associates of millionaire Epstein, who was accused of sex trafficking before he died by suicide.
Kimmel has denied any involvement with Epstein and threatened to sue Rodgers, saying the NFL star was endangering his family.
Rodgers is expected to appear on McAfee’s show once again on Tuesday.
Kimmel called Rodgers “hamster brain” in his ABC monologue late Monday and said he had two A’s on his report card — “both named Aaron.”
“It might be time to reconsider that concussion profile, Aaron,” Kimmel said.
Since ABC and ESPN are both owned by Walt Disney Corp., this feud has put the parent company in a difficult position, and the company has remained mostly silent in response.