Aaron Rodgers WON’T appear on ESPN’s Pat McAfee show for the rest of the NFL season, host


Pat McAfee says Aaron Rodgers will no longer be appearing on his daily ESPN show over the remaining few weeks of the NFL season.

‘So ”Aaron Rodgers Tuesday: Season 4” is done,’ the host said, indicating that Rodgers’ weekly spots are over for the time being. 

The news comes amid uproar over Rodgers’ decision to falsely link comedian Jimmy Kimmel to the Jeffrey Epstein scandal, thereby implying that the late night talk show host was somehow guilty of statutory rape. Kimmel has not been accused of any wrongdoing in the matter. 

‘There’s gonna be a lot of people that are happy with that – myself included to be honest with you,’ McAfee said to open Wednesday’s show. ‘The way it ended, it got real loud,’ McAfee said of the decision. ‘I’m happy that’s not going to be in my mentions going forward, which is great news.’

McAfee did not express any displeasure with Rodgers, but did admit that the controversies that he’s generated on the daily talk show have taken their toll: ‘Some of his thoughts and opinions though do piss a lot of people.’

Pat McAfee says Aaron Rodgers will no longer be appearing on his daily ESPN show

Pat McAfee says Aaron Rodgers will no longer be appearing on his daily ESPN show 

The decision was McAfee’s, according to The Athletic’s Richard Deitsch, who wrote that he is ‘certain’ ESPN supports the move. 

And McAfee, who licenses his show to ESPN, certainly framed the move as his own decision on Wednesday, saying: ‘I’m running my show. I keep my creative rights.’

But, as McAfee admitted, he does have enemies in and out of the network, all of whom have been given ammunition with each of his paid weekly interviews with Rodgers.. 

‘We’ve given a lot of people who have been waiting for us to fail a lot of ammo and things to attack us for over the last week,’ McAfee said. 

The controversy began last week, when the New York Jets quarterback recklessly suggested to McAfee that Kimmel is ‘hoping that list doesn’t come out.’

The list that Rodgers referred to is a 2015 civil defamation suit brought against deceased millionaire Jeffrey Epstein. The deposition was unveiled publicly for the first time this month and contains the names of many alleged Epstein clients, who are accused of having intercourse with underage girls. Kimmel was not named in the deposition, he’s maintained his innocence, and there are no credible allegations against him. 

But despite his clear suggestion to the contrary, Rodgers denied linking Kimmel to Epstein, telling McAfee on Tuesday that he’s being canceled by the mainstream media: ‘This is the game plan of the media, and this is what they do. They try and cancel, you know? And it is not just me.’

Things reached a boiling point on Friday, when McAfee launched a furious on-air attack against some ESPN executives, suggesting a ‘rat’ within the network is trying to ‘sabotage’ his show. The fiery host railed against ‘the enemy within our own camp,’ while singling out long-time executive Norby Williamson.

McAfee singled out experienced exec Norby Williamson, accusing him of leaking information

McAfee singled out experienced exec Norby Williamson, accusing him of leaking information

McAfee accused the ‘Executive Editor & Head of Event and Studio Production’ of leaking erroneous viewership data to an unnamed reporter in an effort to bring down the show. 

The network has since rushed to Williamson’s defense, saying in a statement that ‘no one is more committed to and invested in ESPN’s success than Norby.’

McAfee admitted he lacked concrete proof to back up his accusation. 

‘I’m not 100 percent sure – that’s just seemingly the only human that has information, and then somehow that information gets leaked and it’s wrong and then it sets a narrative of what our show is,’ he continued. 

On Wednesday, McAfee said he’d like to turn the page on the recent controversies. 

‘We would love to get back to the point where we just move on and continue to silence all the haters,’ he said. 

As for Rodgers’ future on the show, he could conceivably return to the program for the 2024 NFL season, although McAfee did not address that subject one way or another. 

Instead, the host explained his gratitude for Rodgers’ contributions, while admitting that he’s relieved to see him stepping aside for the time being. 

‘Aaron Rodgers is a Hall of Famer,’ McAfee said. ‘He’s a four-time MVP. He’s a massive piece of the NFL story. Whenever you go back and tell it, he will be a huge part of it. We are very lucky to have a chance to chat with him and learn from him. 

‘Some of his thoughts and opinions though do piss a lot of people. And I’m pumped that that is no longer going to be every single Wednesday of my life, which it has been for the last few weeks.’





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