Jimmy Kimmel slams Morrissey for canceling his performance (Video)

By | February 27, 2013 at 7:27 pm | 4 comments | Audio/Video, feature slider, News, TV/Movies | Tags: , ,

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:

I get the sense that we’ll have more Kimmel-vs-Morrissey content to post tomorrow, after Jimmy Kimmel Live airs tonight.

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  • http://www.facebook.com/brian.marschhauser.1 Brian Marschhauser

    Kimmel said “He keeps finding news ways to depress us.” You quoted him as saying “Morrisey is always finding new ways to depress us.” It’s a small thing, but I think accuracy is important. Quotes are quotes – they aren’t paraphrases.

  • Stephen

    Intellectually I’d have to say that Morrissey won that round hands down. And I’m not even a fan.

  • http://www.facebook.com/kevin.heller.395 Kevin Heller

    Morrissey has cancelled more shows than he has put on. Seriously.. someone dig up his record on this…. WLIR pioneered ‘new wave’ in the USA and apologized to their audience for “Morrissey being so fickle.” (pompus man singing in shower can be heard behind announcer)… yeah… he does this…

  • Jeff

    Morrissey isn’t any more of an intellectual than anyone else in showbiz. Just because he hides behind the veil of being a vegan and can’t handle a few jokes doesn’t make him an intellectual. It makes him a pretentious upright, and also an easy target. Jimmy Kimmel is a comedian, and runs a fairly successful and funny show that has no basis in promoting any sort of agenda. Morrissey going nuts over simply mentioning the word “Depress” and a comedic retort to his flakey behavior just shows how sad it is to lack a sense of humor.

    The guy is a brilliant musician, but musicians, much like other popular figures, should stick to what they do best and stop trying to pretend their opinions and thoughts are superior simply because they’re artists.