Aaron Rodgers Benched from ‘The Pat McAfee Show’: Pat McAfee, the host of ESPN’s The Pat McAfee Show, says that Aaron Rodgers will not be on the show for the rest of the NFL season.
The host of ESPN’s The Pat McAfee Show, Pat McAfee, said that quarterback Aaron Rodgers will not be able to appear on the show for the rest of the NFL season. The decision came after Rodgers made heated comments about Jimmy Kimmel, implying that Kimmel had ties to the late convicted sex offender Jeffrey Epstein.
Aaron Rodgers Benched from ‘The Pat McAfee Show’ Season Lineup
“So ‘Aaron Rodgers Tuesdays’ Season Four is done,” McAfee said when making the news. I’m one of the many people who will be happy about that. Rodgers’ scheduled visits usually happened during the NFL regular season. McAfee’s statement seemed to stress the host’s creative power and was a response to recent bad press about the show.
After Rodgers said something, Kimmel talked about it in public. He asked Rodgers to apologize and hinted at going to court, saying that Rodgers’ words put his family in danger. On a later show, Rodgers explained what he meant by what he said, but he didn’t say sorry.
BREAKING: Aaron Rodgers is done as a guest on The Pat McAfee Show for the NFL season, McAfee announced Wednesday. pic.twitter.com/bbX1jdN29F
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McAfee agreed that Rodgers was an important part of NFL history, calling him a “Hall of Famer” and a “massive piece of the NFL story.” But he said he was glad he didn’t have to deal with Rodgers’ non-sports comments every Wednesday. McAfee supported the show’s commitment to free speech, but he also said that people who use their freedom of speech will face results.
Rodgers’ future on the show after this season wasn’t talked about by McAfee, but he did say, “I’m pumped that’s no longer gonna be every Wednesday of my life, which it has been for the last few weeks.” The lawyer for Rodgers, people from The Pat McAfee Show, and ESPN have not yet replied to calls for comments.
The ban makes people wonder how Rodgers and the sports talk show will interact in the future. It’s not clear if this break will last beyond the current NFL season.