Aaron Rodgers and Jimmy Kimmel's Fued Just Hit a New Level of Absurdity


Jan. 10 2024, Updated 12:18 p.m. ET

Jimmy Kimmel on the red carpet side by side with Aaron Rodgers in a Jets hoodie.
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Two things can be true at once: Aaron Rodgers is a generational talent and one of the best quarterbacks in the history of the NFL, and he says a lot of stuff that's related to conspiracies. It's that second habit, which has only gotten worse in recent years, that also has him in trouble with Jimmy Kimmel, who recently threatened a lawsuit.

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Aaron and Jimmy have had beef with each other since March 2023, but Aaron escalated things in early January 2024 by suggesting that Jimmy's name may appear on a yet-to-be-released flight list from Jeffrey Epstein.

Aaron Rodgers in a Jets hat before a game in Miami.
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What's behind the feud between Aaron Rodgers and Jimmy Kimmel?

The feud between the two started in March 2023, when Aaron suggested during one of his regular appearances on The Pat McAfee Show that stories about UFOs were being released to distract from the release of another one of Epstein's flight lists. Jimmy made fun of Aaron on his late-night show for the claim, and Aaron took notice of the joke and formed a bit of a grudge.

Then, months later, Aaron suggested that Jimmy himself may be one of the names on a new list that has yet to be released. “There’s a lot of people, including Jimmy Kimmel, really hoping that doesn’t come out,” Aaron said on the show in January 2024.

Soon after, Jimmy responded in force on Twitter, writing that Aaron would be hearing from his lawyers if he didn't cool it with the baseless allegations.

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“Dear Aa--hole: for the record, I’ve not met, flown with, visited, or had any contact whatsoever with Epstein, nor will you find my name on any ‘list’ other than the clearly-phony nonsense that soft-brained wackos like yourself can’t seem to distinguish from reality," Jimmy wrote on Twitter. "Your reckless words put my family in danger. Keep it up and we will debate the facts further in court.”

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A few days after Aaron and Jimmy's feud was reignited, the late-night TV host bashed the NFL player in a seven-minute monologue. "Aaron got two A’s on his report card [and] they were both in the word 'Aaron,'" Jimmy quipped. He also said that Aaron "put on a magic helmet and that 'G' made him a genius" and called him a "hamster-brained man."

It didn't take long for Aaron to respond to Jimmy's insulting comments.

Upon his return to The Pat McAfee Show, Aaron responded to Jimmy with: "It's impressive that a man that went to Arizona State and has 10 joke writers can read off a prompter.” He went on to clarify that he wasn't suggesting Jimmy is a pedophile and "neither should you."

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Aaron Rodgers could be sued for defamation.

The threat of a lawsuit is very real in this case, especially if the list is revealed and Jimmy's name isn't on it.

Given that Jimmy works for ABC, and Aaron makes his appearance on Pat McAfee's show, which is part of ESPN, it's also possible that the host could take things up the chain inside Disney, which may put pressure on Pat to drop Aaron as a regular guest.

Whether Aaron ends up with a lawsuit on his plate or not, Jimmy's threat is an important reminder that he can't just say whatever he wants without consequence.

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