AceShowbiz - Stacy Ferguson a.k.a. Fergie's rendition of National Anthem at the 2018 NBA All-Star Game was mocked by many, and Jimmy Kimmel appeared to be one of them. Now, the "Jimmy Kimmel Live!" host, who was caught smiling during the performance, set the record straight on the Tuesday, February 20 episode of the show.
"I feel like I need to address something that happened Sunday night at the NBA All-Star Game," the late-night host said. "Somehow, I became a part of a National Anthem fiasco. Fergie, the singer from the Black Eyed Peas, gave an unusually sultry version of our National Anthem."
"And I wound up in the middle of it. I just want to say, the reason I was smiling is because I love the National Anthem so much. That's the face I make when I really love a song," Jimmy explained.
"That was some arrangement, though," he jokingly added. "In hindsight, trying to work in the words 'my humps my humps, my lovely lady lumps' may have been a mistake," he continued, referencing to the lyrics of the group's 2005 hit "My Humps".
The host went on saying, "I didn’t realize I was on camera -- but then my phone started just buzzing with text after text and I was like 'Oh, I think I might have been on camera.' Fergie even apologized for her performance. She said she tried her best and the reasons she decided to sing the song that way because she is a 'risk taker.' "
The 2018 Oscar host later offered the singer some advice about taking risks. "Here's the thing about taking risks when it comes to the national anthem: Don't. Just don't," Jimmy 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."
"It's not like she was intentionally trying to ruin the song, and in Fergie's defense, we don't know what Francis Scott Key was thinking when he wrote the 'Star-Spangled Banner', " he added. "Maybe he wanted it to be sexy."