Jimmy Kimmel wasted no time getting to the really important questions when Danica Patrick was on his show Monday night.
Is she a Packers fan? Who drives when she and Aaron Rodgers are together? Will she make him a punchline when she hosts the ESPY Awards?
After asking the 36-year-old race car driver how retirement was, the late-night talk show host shifted gears to the good stuff.
“I don’t know why I get a kick out of something like this. You’re dating Aaron Rodgers, the quarterback for the Green Bay Packers,” Kimmel said, to moderate audience applause. “How long have you guys been dating?”
“Since the very beginning of the year,” Patrick answered.
She told him she’s a Packers fan — “the biggest Packers fan” — but was she a Packers fan, Kimmel wanted to know. She admitted she was not, telling how she grew up near the Wisconsin-Illinois border. She was born in Beloit but was raised a Chicago Bears fan in Roscoe, Illinois
“So my dad grew up with all Packers fans, so what he says is, ‘I’m not against the Packers, I’m against the Packer fans.’ So I don’t know what that really means, because now I’m a Packers fan, so I guess we better have a talk about that.” (Preferably before that Bears-Packers season opener on Sept. 9 at Lambeau Field).
Patrick told Kimmel that Rodgers is a really good driver — not as good as she is, of course, but he’s likely had fewer tickets than she has. She confessed to once getting pulled over three times in three days.