Jimmy Kimmel Explains Reaction to Fergie’s Performance
“When it comes to the national anthem, don’t.”
Fergie’s National Anthem performance at the 2018 NBA All-Star Game generated mixed reactions from the audience–including Jimmy Kimmel.
The late-night host gave an explanation about his viral on-camera reaction to the performance on last night’s episode of Jimmy Kimmel Live! For those who did not tune into the game, Kimmel was caught on camera smiling and seemingly laughing at the singer’s unpleasing performance. But hey, he wasn’t the only one caught on camera laughing, Draymond Green and Chance The Rapper were among others spotted laughing during her performance.
According to Kimmel, it wasn’t until he started receiving a load of text messages that he realized his reaction had been caught on television.
Kimmel stated, “The reason I was smiling is because I love the national anthem so much. Then my phone just started buzzing…and I was like ‘Oh, I think I might have been on camera.'”
After receiving major backlash for her performance, Fergie said she was “honored and proud to perform the national anthem.” She said that she is a natural “risk taker artistically,” and it was clear “this rendition didn’t strike the intended tone.”
Kimmel addressed Fergie’s statement, telling the audience, “Here’s the thing about taking risks. When it comes to the national anthem, don’t. Don’t take risks when you’re doing brain surgery, don’t take risks when you’re driving a school bus or singing the national anthem. Just regular is fine.”
If you haven’t watched Fergie’s performance, stream it here: