Video: Jimmy Kimmel mocks Morrissey’s “Duck Dynasty”-based cancellation, and the singer angrily responds
As previously reported, English singer-songwriter Morrissey, a militant vegan and animal rights activist, canceled his planned appearance Tuesday on “Jimmy Kimmel Live!” to protest that the cast of “Duck Dynasty” was also set to appear on the episode.
Morrissey even went so far as to call the reality TV show’s Robertson family, who are avid hunters and built their sporting good empire on handcrafted duck calls and decoys, “animal serial killers.”
Not surprisingly, Kimmel, who got Denver band Churchill to perform Tuesday night instead, addressed Morrissey’s cancellation with humor:
“While I respect his stance on this, I really do, there’s a very good reason why I didn’t dump the ‘Duck Dynasty’ guys for Morrissey,” Kimmel said. “And that’s because they have guns.”
He also referenced Morrissey’s famously morose demeanor, adding, “He keeps finding new ways to depress us.”
Kimmel then introduced a funny taped sketch in which the Robertson men demonstrated their products for vegans, including the Carrot Call.
Not surprisingly, the “Meat Is Murder” singer took it seriously, took it personally and
took offense. According to The Hollywood Reporter, Morrissey issued this statement Wednesday:
“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 [from] 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.”
Kimmel responded on Twitter (@jimmykimmel): “note to Morrissey – if you have more dumb statements to make, I invite you to make them where I do, on my show.” With the tweet, he included a riff on the cover art for Morrissey’s 2004 album “You Are the Quarry,” on which the singer appears to be wielding a tommy gun.
As previously reported, “Duck Dynasty” Season 3 premiere episodes Wednesday night became the A&E network’s most-watched telecasts of all time among all key demos, including total viewers, adults 18-49 and adults 25-54, according to a news release.
The 9 p.m. CST episode garnered 8.6 million total viewers as well as 5.0 million adults 18-49 and 5.0 million adults 25-54. For the hour, “Duck Dynasty” averaged 8.6 million total viewers, 5.0 million adults 18-49 and 4.9 million adults 25-54, making both episodes the two most-watched series telecasts in network history among all key demos.
“Duck Dynasty” has become the No. 1 nonfiction series on cable in 2013.
Here is the Robertsons’ Carrot Call on “Jimmy Kimmel Live!”: