'Duck Dynasty,' Morrissey issue addressed by Jimmy Kimmel

February 28, 2013 5:12:53 AM PST
On Wednesday, Jimmy Kimmel addressed Morrissey's cancellation from his show Tuesday due to the appearance of the cast of ''Duck Dynasty.''

"He's a singer. I would even go so far as to call him a legend, and he is. He's also a vegetarian. He was supposed to be on our show last night, but he cancelled when he found out the guys from the show 'Duck Dynasty' would be here. 'Duck Dynasty' is a show about a family of duck hunters. They make a good living selling duck calls. Morrissey put out a statement calling them serial killers, saying he could not appear on our show with them," Kimmel explained, then showed a fake "Duck Dynasty" commercial promoting carrot calls instead of duck calls.

"Just blow into the Carrot Call and wait. Those little suckers leap right out of the dirt and into your mouth," the commercial said.

Kimmel said on Wednesday, Morrissey released a Statement Kimmel called "truly idiotic."

"I won't repeat it, but you can look it up online. I'll be honest, it made me very angry. And this had nothing to do with people who eat meat versus people who don't. I have a lot of respect for people who don't eat meat. I totally understand if being on the show with duck hunters made Morrissey feel uncomfortable. But the statement he made is ridiculous. So I'd like to invite him to join me on the show to discuss it because I am an open, even-handed person who considers and respects all point of views," Kimmel said, stopping for laughter. "I figure if I keep saying it, maybe it will be true. So you are invited, Morrissey, to talk this out, and perhaps we will both be better men for it. but probably not."

A&E's "Duck Dynasty" reality show follows a Louisiana family with a business selling duck calls and decoys.

A&E did not immediately respond to requests for comment from it and the Robertson family.

The Churchill band performed Tuesday on Kimmel's show instead.

Last month, Morrissey was treated at a suburban Detroit hospital for a bleeding ulcer, according to a spokesperson, forcing him to cancel a Chicago show. The diagnosis forced the former Smiths lead singer to postpone shows in Flint, Minneapolis and the Chicago Theatre.

His Chicago show in October was postponed because of a family medical emergency.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.