When Hot Pockets heiress Michelle Janavs was sentenced to five months in prison for her role in the college admissions scandal on Tuesday, all anyone could talk about was Jim Gaffigan.
The comedian famously did a bit about the microwavable sandwiches on his 2006 album, Beyond the Pale, in which he imitated the jingle. “I’ve never eaten a Hot Pocket and thought, ‘I’m glad I ate that,’” he joked. “I’m always like, I’m gonna die!’”
So when Janavs — whose family developed the snacks and has since sold the company — made headlines, people thought of Gaffigan pretty quickly. They called on him to react and, of course, they made plenty of jokes.
I reserve judgement until I get Jim Gaffigan's take on this.— Dan "defused Bulgarian landmine" Reeser (@sowkrdan) February 25, 2020
We can all agree she deserves jail time for those "lean" Hot Pockets, right?
.@JimGaffigan your silence on the Hot Pockets heiress is deafening— Jarrett Carlen (@JarrettGC) February 26, 2020
Prisoner: “you’re a rich girl huh? How your family make their money?”— meh (@boredwithit79) February 26, 2020
Hot pockets heiress: (@JimGaffigan voice) 🎵”hot pockets”🎵
I feel like @JimGaffigan's daughters could also be known as Hot Pockets heiresses.— ChrisD (@ChrisDavisCW) February 25, 2020
Gaffigan did not immediately respond to Yahoo Entertainment’s request for comment.
Despite the jokes, Janavs’s case is serious. The Newport Beach, Calif., resident pleaded guilty to charges of conspiracy to commit both money laundering and wire fraud, for promising to pay Rick Singer $300,000 to have her daughters admitted to the University of Southern California. She paid $100,000 to have one daughter’s ACT scores corrected and another $200,000 to have a second daughter falsely identified as a beach volleyball recruit, according to a sentencing memorandum obtained by CNN.
Along with the prison sentence, Janavs was ordered to pay a $250,000 fine and serve two years of supervised release after she gets out.
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