On Jimmy Kimmel Live!, ESPN’s Katie Nolan showed Kimmel a video of Las Vegas legend Wayne Newton talking trash. Last week on her on ESPN+ show, Always Late with Katie Nolan, she thought she would give the Oakland Raiders some advice on how to connect with fans when the team moves to Vegas.
One of those ideas was to get a big-name celebrity backer, so Newton and Kimmel, who’s from Vegas, seemed like natural choices. Nolan said her team reached out to Newton, not expecting to hear back, so they were shocked when he responded with a video from his home. Newton is already involved with Vegas’s NHL team, the Golden Knights; based on his enthusiasm in the video, he might get the Raiders gig too.
“I should be the celebrity ambassador for the Las Vegas Raiders. Jimmy f***ing Kimmel, are you kidding me?” Newton said. “I am Mr. Las Vegas, baby. And when you think of Vegas, you think of Wayne mother f***ing Newton. Go Raiders!”
“Is that not the best thing you’ve ever seen?” Nolan asked. “Well, no, that’s not the best thing I’ve ever seen,” Kimmel replied.
Given how badly the Raiders are doing this year (2-8), whoever comes out on top might be their only fan by the time the team gets to Sin City. But the gauntlet had been thrown.
“The Raiders would be better off with a Fig Newton as their celebrity spokesperson. How you like that, Wayne?” Kimmel said, adding, “And since when is Wayne Newton living in Liberace’s mausoleum?”
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