In what will likely go down as the most bizarre feud of 2013, Jimmy Kimmel has launched a hilarious attack on musical icon Morrissey, after the musician — an outspoken vegan and animal rights activist — on Monday canceled a Tuesday night performance on Jimmy Jimmel Live because the stars of A&E reality series Duck Dynasty were also scheduled guests.
“As far as my reputation is concerned, I can’t take the risk of being on a show alongside people who, in effect, amount to animal serial killers,” Morrissey’s statement read, in part. “If Jimmy cannot dump Duck Dynasty then we must step away.”
Denver band Churchill replaced Morrissey on last night’s show, which also included Kimmel’s rather pointed response to the originally-scheduled singer. “Morrissey is always finding new ways to depress us,” Kimmel said, referencing his historically somber, self-reflective music. You can watch Kimmel’s response below.
Morrissey didn’t find this funny at all, so he released a statement this afternoon, which you can read below.
“I was disappointed with last night’s Jimmy Kimmel show wherein our smiling host managed to ridicule depression (70% of Americans suffer from depression according to the National Institute of Mental Health),” he said in a statement.
I was disappointed with last night’s Jimmy Kimmel Show wherein our smiling host managed to ridicule depression (70% of Americans have experienced depression according to the National Institute of Mental Health). He then found time to ridicule healthy eating (the obesity epidemic in the U.S. costs $147 billion per year in medical expenditure), and he also ridiculed the notion that animals should be entitled to the possession of their own lives. Furthermore, he found time to jokingly promote gun-ownership – hugely amusing for the parents at Sandy Hook, no doubt. He also promoted his special guests 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.
As a response, Kimmel then tweeted the following:
note to Morrissey – if you have more dumb statements to make, I invite you to make them where I do, on my show twitter.com/jimmykimmel/st…
— Jimmy Kimmel (@jimmykimmel) February 27, 2013
I get the sense that we’ll have more Kimmel-vs-Morrissey content to post tomorrow, after Jimmy Kimmel Live airs tonight.