Wednesday, February 19, 2014

US bobsledder says Jimmy Fallon chickened out of bobsled ride

The U.S. Olympic bobsledder Jimmy Fallon spoofed as a wing-eating chubby on his “Tonight Show” premiere fired back at the comedian on Tuesday — calling him a big chicken.

Fallon took a playful jab at bronze-medal winner Steven Holcomb in a bit called “Tonight Show superlatives,” dubbing him “most likely to find an old hot wing in his pocket!”

Holcomb fired back, saying he may munch wings — but Fallon is a wimp.

“I actually did offer Jimmy a ride [in the bobsled] at the beginning of the season and he declined. He said he was scared,” Holcomb said on the “Dan Patrick Show” on Tuesday.
“It is what it is. He tried to take a jab at me and that’s fine,” Holcomb added. “It happens. We’ll work something out.”

The bobsledder later laughed it off, tweeting, “I’m a little offended @jimmyfallon. Seriously, how dare you assume I’m a Teriyaki wing guy? I only eat Buffalo style.”

“The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon” had a little rough sledding of its own during Monday's premier, but managed to grab a hefty 11.3 million viewers following the Winter Olympics and news lead-in. The early numbers that put Fallon well above his late-night competition.

The viewership for Fallon’s opening-night show — which featured guests Will Smith and U2 — was up 71 percent from the 6.6 million who tuned in for his final “Late Night” show on Feb. 7.

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