Aaron Rodgers has clarified that he did not mean to insinuate that Jimmy Kimmel would be on the list of Jeffrey Epstein associates. The 40-year-old Jets quarterback revisited the topic during his appearance on the “Joe Rogan Experience” this week, shedding light on why he mentioned Kimmel in connection with the list.
Rodgers once again explained that his reference to Kimmel stemmed from the latter’s mockery of him after he made comments on “The Pat McAfee Show” about government UFO disclosures potentially overshadowing the release of a list implicating wealthy and powerful individuals in Epstein’s underage sex trafficking ring.
“He had gone on his show and called me a tinfoil-hat-wearing doofus who is talking about the … I thought he had said that I was an idiot for even thinking that there’s a list out there,” Rodgers said.
When asked if he implied Kimmel would be on the list, Rodgers firmly replied, “No!” He emphasized that the misunderstanding arose because people saw the interaction out of context and jumped to conclusions.
The comment stirred controversy within ESPN, where McAfee’s show airs, and Disney, which owns ABC, where Kimmel hosts his late-night talk program. Mike Foss, an ESPN executive overseeing McAfee’s show, acknowledged that Rodgers made an inaccurate joke about Kimmel.
During the podcast, Rogan acknowledged that he, like many others, initially misinterpreted Rodgers’ remark as suggesting Kimmel’s involvement in the list.
However, Rodgers clarified that his intention was to highlight Epstein’s case and advocate for accountability across all societal realms, urging Kimmel to maintain the same level of scrutiny for Epstein-related matters as he did for vaccine skepticism.
Despite being invited onto Kimmel’s show last summer, Rodgers expressed a desire to have a private conversation with the host before appearing on-air to discuss the issue further.
It’s highly doubtful Rodgers will ever make another appearance on Jimmy’s show.