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Jimmy Kimmel doesn't hold back on Roy Moore, responds to invitation to come to Alabama

Jimmy Kimmel says he's a church-going guy. And he'd like to talk about forgiveness and morals with Roy Moore


Charlie May
December 1, 2017 1:12PM (UTC)

Jimmy Kimmel addressed his feud with Alabama Senate candidate Roy Moore on his late-night show Thursday night and he did not hold back.

Kimmel explained the feud began after Moore's campaign realized a faux pro-Moore supporter was actually comedian, Tony Barbieri, who has frequently played as the character Jake Byrd on Kimmel's show.

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On Thursday night, after a day of trading tweets, Kimmel told his audience that he accepts Moore's invitation. He didn't stop there.

"But the bottom line is this: I accept the invitation. I will come down there. What I’m going to do is — I think you’re actually going to like this, Roy," Kimmel said. "I’m going to come to Gadsden, Ala., with a team of high school cheerleaders, okay? We’ll meet you at the mall. Don’t worry, I can get you in."

He continued, "And then 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 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."

Kimmel explained that he happens to be a Christian as well and said, "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. Christian is actually my middle name. I know that’s shocking, but it’s true."

The late-night host challenged Moore and told him that the two could sit down to discuss what they learned at their churches.

"So if you’re open to it, when we sit down, I will share with you what I learned at my church," Kimmel explained. "At my church, forcing yourself on underaged girls is a no-no. Some even consider it to be a sin. Not that you did that, of course. Allegedly."

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Kimmel continued, "But maybe your church is different. I don’t know. Let’s figure it out together. I’ll be happy to talk it through. I would gladly sit down to interview you about it."

Watch Kimmel's full monologue below:


Charlie May

Charlie May is a news writer at Salon. You can find him on Twitter at @charliejmay

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