Jimmy Kimmel and Morrissey Feud over ‘Duck Dynasty’
Kimmel, Morrissey feud over guests
Jimmy Kimmel Live booked the cast of A&E’s Duck Dynasty on Tuesday night – the same night that former Smiths frontman Morrissey was booked to perform.
Morrissey is widely known to be an animal-rights campaigner – the kind of guy who insists that Los Angeles’s Staples Center should be a meat-free zone the night of his performance.
That appears to be news to Kimmel’s bookers.
Duck Dynasty follows the antics of a Louisiana family that has made its fortune selling stuff that people use to hunt ducks.
Late Monday, Morrissey – upon learning of the other guests – issued a statement saying that he would love to perform on the ABC late-night show . . . if Kimmel dumped the Duck Dynasty gang.
If not, he said, he’d have to step away, what with the Duck Dynasty clan being “people who, in effect, amount to animal serial-killers.”
Kimmel was sincerely unapologetic for the snafu, telling his audience that a young band from Denver called Churchill had nicely stepped in for Morrissey. He said that he “respects” Morrissey’s position – as convincingly as Seth MacFarlane would say he respects TV critics.
“There’s a very good reason why I didn’t dump ‘Duck Dynasty,’ “ Kimmel explained to his audience. “It’s because they have guns, and Morrissey doesn’t.”
Morrissey, Kimmel concluded, “keeps finding ways to depress us.”
The Washington Post