"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. That was some arrangement, though. In hindsight, trying to work in the words 'my humps, my humps, my lovely lady lumps' may have been a mistake," he joked.
Nonetheless, Kimmel didn't even realize his genuine reaction was caught on-camera until his phone started blowing up with text messages.
But after receiving a lot of backlash from fans and Hollywood alike, Fergie publicly apologized in a statement saying she was "honored and proud to perform the national anthem." The former Black Eyed Peas singer continued to explain that although she considers herself a "risk taker artistically," she fully understands that "this rendition didn't strike the intended one."
"Here's the thing about taking risks," Kimmel said pivoting to her apology. "When it comes to the national anthem, don't. Don't take risks when you're doing brain surgery, don't take risks when you're driving a school bus or singing the national anthem. Just regular is fine."