'Jimmy Kimmel Live' Exposes Phony Soccer Fans on 'Lie Witness News' - Rolling Stone
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‘Jimmy Kimmel Live’ Exposes Phony Soccer Fans

The show asked fans about World Cup performance of soccer star Landon Donovan, who didn’t even play

For the past few weeks, World Cup addicts across the globe – and even players – have been chomping at the bit for more soccer. On the other hand, annoying fairweather fans have been feigning their loyalty to the sport, clogging the Facebook news feeds of the disinterested. Enter Jimmy Kimmel Live‘s popular interview segment, “Lie Witness News,” for some ethical justice. On Tuesday night’s installment, the show hit the street and asked supposed soccer fans for their World Cup evaluations of American player Landon Donovan – who was cut from the team before the tournament even started.

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The results are reliably hilarious, as people offer dishonest opinions on a variety of phony topics – from Donovan’s trademark purple mohawk to his off-the-butt victory goal against Saskatchewan. The first confused fan says he appreciates Donovan’s commitment to the sport (“He took one to the nose, wasn’t it? And he kept playing.”), noting that most NBA players would have been “LeBron’ed off” under such painful conditions. 

And the responses get more extreme from there. One young man says he remembers that he was playing piano when Donovan made his heroically ass-isted Saskatchewan goal, and he even reenacts the vivid moment with the fake memory fresh on his brain. Another “fan” recalls Donovan’s epic “tricycle kick” against Portgugal, which he says brought tears to his eyes; meanwhile, one critical viewer says Donovan has been outclassed in his FIFA run by an intergalactic soccer star, Lando Calrissian.

Last month, the host squared off with hit-maker Pharrell Williams in a “Twofie Shootout,” which found the duo racing down Hollywood Boulevard to find out who could take the most photos with strangers in 30 seconds.  


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