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Jimmy Kimmel and Morrissey continue their war of the words. It all began when Morrissey canceled his appearance on the show after he learned that stars of A&E’s Duck Dynasty would be on the show and as a vegetarian himself he was firmly against appearing on the show with the DD cast calling them “animal serial killers”. Kimmel is trying to woo him back on the show but is not doing a good job as he choose to diss the singer in his monologue and in a few tweets, saying the singer “keeps finding new ways to depress us.” Kimmel wants him on the show to hash things out…open invitation?
Jimmy Kimmel still wants Morrissey to appear on his show despite the singer’s last-minute cancellation — and subsequent criticism of the late-night host.
The former Smiths frontman and cult indie solo artist was due to perform on Jimmy Kimmel Live! on Tuesday but pulled out in protest of that night’s other guests: the stars of A&E’s Duck Dynasty. The militant vegetarian called the reality stars “animal serial killers” because of their duck-hunting products.
On Tuesday’s show, Kimmel mocked Morrissey, saying: “While I respect his stance on this, I really do, there’s a very good reason why I didn’t dump the Duck Dynasty guys for Morrissey. And that’s because they have guns.”
He then poked fun at the singer’s famously morose image, saying, “He keeps finding new ways to depress us.”
On Wednesday, Morrissey issued a strongly worded statement saying he was “disappointed” in Kimmel for making jokes about depression, healthy eating and animal rights.
“Furthermore, he found time to jokingly promote gun-ownership — hugely amusing for the parents at Sandy Hook, no doubt,” he continued. “He also promoted his special guests [from] Duck Dynasty – who kill beings for fun. None of the above issues are, of course, as important as Jimmy Kimmel himself, who has finally revealed his show to have an overwhelming loss of meaning. Tune in and relive the intellectual fog of the 1950s.”
Kimmel responded with a tweet: “If you have more dumb statements to make, I invite you to make them where I do, on my show.”
On Wednesday’s show, he again addressed the tiff in his opening monologue.
“This has nothing to do with people who eat meat versus people who don’t,” he said. “I’m completely respectful of people who do not eat meat, but the statement he made is ridiculous. I’d like to invite him to join the show to discuss. I’m an open, even-handed person, and I consider all points of view.”
Kimmel repeated that last line several times, then quipped: “If I keep saying it, maybe it will be true. I’ve invited him to talk this out, and perhaps we will both be better men for it, but probably not.”
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