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Jimmy Kimmel Has the Perfect Excuse for His Reaction to Fergie’s National Anthem (Video)

There are cameras everywhere, Jim

Jimmy Kimmel wasn’t laughing at Fergie’s NBA All-Star Game national anthem performance, he was laughing with her? The ABC late-night host can probably do better reasoning away his caught-on-camera moment from this past weekend.

“The reason I was smiling is because I love the national anthem so much,” Kimmel said during Tuesday’s monologue.

There ya go.

“That was some arrangement, though,” he added last night on “Jimmy Kimmel Live.” “Here’s the thing about taking risks: When it comes to the national anthem, don’t.”

Watch the video above.

As for the ex-Black Eyed Peas frontwoman, well, she’s already explained — and apologized for — her weird, jazzy, sultry “Star-Spangled Banner,” which tipped off Sunday’s exhibition roundball contest. Read Fergie’s response to the insta-backlash here.

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