Jimmy Kimmel Accepts Roy Moore’s Invite With a Searing Takedown
On Thursday, Roy Moore, the controversial Senate candidate accused of sexual misconduct with minors, challenged Jimmy Kimmel to go “man to man” on his home turf in Alabama. That same day, Kimmel accepted.
“What I’m gonna do is — and I think you’re actually gonna like this, Roy — I’m gonna come down to Gadsden, Alabama with a team of professional cheerleaders,” Kimmel said during an incendiary takedown on Jimmy Kimmel Live.
“We’ll meet you at the mall. Don’t worry, I can get you in,” he added in reference to rumors that Moore was banned from a shopping mall for bothering underage girls. “And if, when the girls and I show up, if you can control yourself and behave, if you can somehow manage to keep little Roy in your little cowboy pants when they those nubile cheerleaders come bounding in, you and I, we’ll sit down at the food court, we’ll have a little Panda Express, and we’ll talk about Christian values.”
Their public sparring stems from Tony Barbieri, a Jimmy Kimmel Live comedian who suited up as his comedic persona, Jake Byrd, to disrupt a church service where Moore was speaking. Barbieri shouted statements like, “Does that look like the face of someone who hits on teenage girls?” and, “Does that look like the face of a molester?”
Moore continued his social media jabs by writing, “Despite D.C. and Hollywood Elites’ bigotry towards southerners, Jimmy, we’ll save you a seat on the front pew.”
“OK Roy,” Kimmel tweeted, “but I’m leaving my daughters at home! P.S. – wear that cute little leather vest.”
On his show Thursday, Kimmel explained that, despite what Moore might think of him, he is a Christian. “I made my first Holy Communion, I was confirmed, I pray, I support my church, one of my closest friends is a priest, I baptized my children,” he said. “Christian is actually my middle name. I know that’s shocking, but it’s true.”
Kimmel hopes to sit down with Moore and share what he learned from church, specifically that “forcing yourself on underaged girls is a no-no.”