MNF HAS NO FUNNY BONE
You’ve likely heard that Jimmy Kimmel’s schtick during MNF did not go over so well with MNF producer Jay Rothman. From Richard Deitsch’s SI Column:
What Kimmel did during his appearance this week on ESPN’s Monday Night Football, according to the show’s producer Jay Rothman, was “classless” and “disappointing.”
Kimmel took multiple swipes at the not-so-smooth departure of Theismann from the broadcast (“I’d also like to welcome Joe Theismann, watching from his living room with steam coming from his ears”) and zinged sacred cows Tom Brady (“What impressed me most is that he could impregnate two models”), Kelly Ripa (“Listen if we can have a Mormon President, I can marry Kelly”) and sports betting (“Are you allowed to bet legally on this game?”).
Kimmel is now banned from returning to the MNF booth. The irony of all of this is that they actually got someone who was funny and not some drone plugging a show or whatever, and now they ban him! I mean, if I see Jim Belushi up there one more time I might do something crazy like cancel my ESPN Insider subscription. OK, nobody really subscribes to that. But you’re pickin’ up what I’m layin’ down.
Howsabout NO special guests in the booth. That would be great.
Rothman told the newspaper Kimmel would not be invited back to the show. “I just can’t imagine CBS Sports putting out a similar statement about David Letterman,” Kimmel said, laughing.