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Jimmy Kimmel explains Fergie anthem performance reaction

Jimmy Kimmel has explained his part in Fergie's National Anthem performance fail.The late-night host took some...

Posted: Feb 21, 2018 4:27 PM
Updated: Feb 21, 2018 4:27 PM

Jimmy Kimmel has explained his part in Fergie's National Anthem performance fail.

The late-night host took some time Tuesday to address how he became a part of the national conversation after The Black Eyed Peas singer's much maligned rendition of the "Star Spangled Banner" at the NBA All-Star game.

Kimmel became part of jokes and memes

He said he didn't realize he was on camera

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Cameras caught Kimmel's bemused expression, which became fodder for jokes and memes.

During his show monologue Tuesday, Kimmel explained his reaction to what he called Fergie's "unusually sultry version of our National Anthem."

"I just want to say the reason I was smiling is because I love the National Anthem so much," he joked.

Kimmel said he had no idea he was on camera, but quickly figured it out when folks started texting him.

He referenced Fergie's recent apology for the performance in which she said she's a "risk taker."

Related: Fergie explains National Anthem performance

"Here's the thing about taking risks when it comes to the national anthem: Don't. Just don't," Kimmel said. "Don't take risks when you're doing brain surgery, don't take risks driving a school bus or singing the national anthem --just regular is fine."

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