Danica Patrick on Boyfriend Aaron Rodgers, the Dalai Lama & Hosting the ESPYs
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Danica Patrick on Boyfriend Aaron Rodgers, the Dalai Lama & Hosting the ESPYs


WELL, LOOKS LIKE YOU’RE ENJOYING — >>THEY STAND. THAT MAKES YOU FEEL GOOD.>>Jimmy: FOR SOME REASON THESE PEOPLE KEEP STANDING. THEY THINK WE’RE AT CHURCH IS WHAT’S GOING ON. HOW’S RETIREMENT? IS IT FUN?>>YEAH.>>Jimmy: YOU LIKE IT.>>ANYONE ELSE RETIRED? IT’S GOOD.>>Jimmy: A LOT OF PEOPLE ARE RETIRED. YOU LOVE IT, THOUGH.>>BUT RETIRED AT 36 IS PROBABLY THE FIRST TIME I’VE FELT YOUNG BECAUSE LIKE I FEEL — YOU KNOW THERE’S A TRANSITION WHERE YOU GO FROM, YOU KNOW, YOU’RE THE YOUNGEST PERSON EVER THEN YOU’RE THE OLDEST PERSON EVER. IT HANS ALL OF A SUDDEN. THEN YEAH, ALL OF A SUDDEN I’M LIKE I FEEL YOUNG BECAUSE I’M RETIRED AT 36.>>Jimmy: IT’S 4:00 P.M. YOU’RE AT THE HOMETOWN BUFFET LOOKING AROUND EATING DINNER. [ LAUGHTER ]>>DO I LOOK LIKE I’M EATING AT HOMETOWN BUFFET? I HOPE NOT.>>Jimmy: MAYBE A SHRIMP HERE AND THERE. YOU’RE ALSO — I LOVE THIS. I DON’T KNOW WHY I GET A KICK OUT OF SOMETHING LIKE THIS. THAT YOU’RE DATING AARON RODGERS, QUARTERBACK FOR THE GREEN BAY PACKERS. HOW LONG HAVE YOU GUYS BEEN DATING? [ APPLAUSE ]>>YEAH. SINCE THE VERY BEGINNING OF THE YEAR.>>Jimmy: ARE YOU A PACKERS FAN?>>YES.>>Jimmy: YOU ARE. WERE YOU A PACKERS FAN — SQU>>THE BIGGEST PACKERS FAN. I WASN’T. [ LAUGHTER ] THE HARD THING IS I GREW UP RIGHT ON THE STATE LINE OF WISCONSIN. I WAS ACTUALLY BORN IN WISCONSIN BUT WE LIVED IN ILLINOIS. SO MY DAD GREW UP WITH ALL PACKERS FANS. 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. I GUESS WE’LL HAVE TO TALK ABOUT THAT.>>Jimmy: WHEN YOU AND AARON GO OUT, WHO DRIVES THE CAR? WHO’S BEHIND THE WHEEL? [ LAUGHTER ]>>AARON IS A REALLY GOOD DRIVER, ACTUALLY.>>Jimmy: IS HE REALLY? BUT HE CAN’T BE AS GOOD A DRIVER AS YOU.>>WELL, NO. HE’S PROBABLY HAD LESS TICKETS. I HEARD JASON HAS HAD LIKE A DOZEN OR SOMETHING. I’M LIKE THAT IS IMPRESSIVE.>>Jimmy: IN HIS TEENS ALONE HE HAD A DOZEN. AND I GOT PULLED OVER THREE TIMES IN THREE DAYS. THAT WAS IMPRESSIVE.>>Jimmy: DO YOU JUST GO HEY, I’M A PRO, NO PROBLEM, KEEP GOING?>>WELL, I ACTUALLY HAVE THOUGHT SINCE THEN THAT I SHOULD PULL OUT MY FIA RACING LICENSE WITH MY LICENSE BECAUSE IT’S BETTER THAN A COP’S LICENSE.>>Jimmy: IS IT?>>SO IT SHOULD QUALIFY ME.>>Jimmy: DID IT QUALIFY?>>I HAVEN’T TRIED IT. AND IT TURNS OUT NOW I DON’T HAVE ONE ANYMORE.>>Jimmy: YEAH, NOW YOU’RE RETIRED. BY THE WAY, I DO WANT TO MENTION AND ASK YOU ABOUT THIS BECAUSE THIS IS A REMARKABLE PHOTOGRAPH. IT’S YOU, AARON, AND THE DALAI LAMA. FIRST UP, WHAT’S WITH THE WOOD PANELLING? WHOSE PLACE IS THIS?>>WELL, IT’S IN INDIA. I CAN’T REMEMBER HOW TO PRONOUNCE IT. DHARAMSALA OR SOMETHING LIKE THAT.>>Jimmy: YES, THAT’S RIGHT. [ LAUGHTER ]>>THANK YOU. I NEED TO WORK ON MY PRONUNCIATION OF THINGS. A LOT OF THINGS TO EXECUTE IN A COUPLE OF DAYS.>>Jimmy: THAT’S RIGHT.>>SO THIS IS LIKE A SPECIAL ROOM THAT’S DESIGNATED FOR LIKE WHEN YOU MEET THE DALAI LAMA. EVERY TIME I SEE A PHOTO OF SOMEBODY I LOOK AT IT, I’M LIKE OH, IT’S THAT ROOM. SO WE SAT IN THERE FOR AN HOUR AND A HALF. HE TALKED FOR AN HOUR AND A HALF.>>Jimmy: DID HE KNOW YOU GUYS WERE ATHLETES? DID HE KNOW YOUR STORY?>>NO. AT ONE POINT IN TIME — THERE WAS ABOUT A DOZEN OF US IN THERE. AT ONE POINT IN TIME SOMEONE SAID AARON AND DANICA ARE VERY INFLUENTIAL, IS THERE ANYTHING, A MESSAGE THEY CAN GET ACROSS TO PEOPLE? AND HE JUST LIKE — IT WAS LIKE, NEXT.>>Jimmy: REALLY? HE HAD NO MESSAGE FOR YOU?>>YEAH. BUT THERE WAS SOMETHING — WE HAD A MONK WITH US THE WHOLE TIME, A BUDDHIST MONK, AND FOR A WHOLE WEEK. HE TRAVELED FROM L.A. AND — WE LITERALLY WENT ALL AROUND THE WORLD. I WAS SHOWING HIM SOME VIDEOS AND I WAS LIKE OH, THIS IS AN INTERESTING ONE. IT WAS A PICTURE OF CRASHES. EVERYBODY LOVES CRASHES. SO I SHOWED IT TO THE LAMA. AND HE WAS LIKE OH, YOU SHOULD SHOW HIS HOLINESS THIS, HE WOULD LOVE IT. SO I WAS LIKE, ALL RIGHT, THIS IS GOING TO BE AWKWARD IN THE MEETING WITH HIS HOLINESS. OH, CHECK ME OUT CRASHING. SO I SHOWED IT TO HIM AND HE KIND OF HANDED IT BACK KNOW BUT THEN LATER THAT NIGHT LAMA TOLD ME THEY WATCHED MORE OF THE VIDEO AND HE THOUGHT THAT IT WAS REALLY, REALLY, REALLY SCARY AND CRAZY, WHAT I DID.>>Jimmy: THE DALAI LAMA WATCHED YOUR CRASH VIDEOS.>>JUST RAIL MOMENT FOR ME.>>Jimmy: SO FEW PEOPLE CAN SAY THAT REALLY. [ LAUGHTER ]>>THAT’S TRUE.>>Jimmy: WHAT A REMARKABLE LIFE YOU HAVE. AND NOW YOU’RE HOSTING THE ESPY AWARDS.>>WHAT’S YOUR ADVICE? YOU’VE DONE THIS BEFORE. I MEAN, YOU BASICALLY DO A MONOLOGUE EVER NIGHT.>>Jimmy: MAKE FUN OF THE ATHLETES. THEY’RE RIGHT THERE. THEY’RE THE BEST AUDIENCE. WILL YOU MAKE FUN OF YOUR BOYFRIEND ON THE SHOW?>>ABSOLUTELY NOT.>>Jimmy: REALLY? THAT’S A MISTAKE. YOU’VE GOT MAKE FUN OF HIM. YOU’VE GOT TO DO SOMETHING ABOUT HIM.>>YOU’VE GOT TO CALL OUT THE ELEPHANT IN THE ROOM. OR THE HOT GUY IN THE ROOM I SHOULD SAY.>>Jimmy: IT’S A GOOD CROWD. IT’S A GOOD PLACE TO DO JOKES.>>IS IT? BECAUSE THEY KEEP SAYING ATHLETES ARE REALLY UPTIGHT AND THEY DON’T — >>Jimmy: NO. NO, NO, NO. [ LAUGHTER ] THEY’RE NOT. TRUST ME.>>YOUR NOSE IS GROWING.>>Jimmy: ATHLETES ARE USED TO BUFTH EACH OTHER’S BALLS. SO THEY KIND OF LIKE IT.>>IT’S A COMPLIMENT, RIGHT?>>Jimmy: LIKE THE GUY YOU’RE JOKING ABOUT MIGHT NOT LIKE IT BUT ALL THE GUYS SITTING NEXT TO HIM WILL BE LAUGHING REALLY HARD.>>THAT’S OKAY BECAUSE IT’S JUST ABOUT THE ONE AND THEN THERE’S THOUSANDS OR MILLIONS WATCHING. OTHERS THAT ARE GOING TO BE LAUGHING. I SEE.>>Jimmy: THINK OF IT AS A SACRIFICE. YOU PICK ONE PERSON, YOU OFFER HIM UP TO THE COMEDY GODS, AND THEN HE’LL NEVER SPEAK TO YOU AGAIN. ARE YOU EXCITED? ARE YOU NERVOUS? ANY OF THOSE THINGS?>>I ACTUALLY THINK I WAS MORE NERVOUS WHEN I SAID YES.>>Jimmy: I SEE.>>THE IDEA OF HOSTING THE ESPYs. I TOLD THE PRODUCER TEN YEARS AGO I WANTED TO HOST THE ESPYs. I THINK IT WAS AFTER LANCE ARMSTRONG DID IT. AND I WAS LIKE OH, MAN, THAT’S SO COOL, MY EGO SAYS PICK ME. THEN WHEN SHE CALLED I WAS LIKE, OH, YOU DID. OH, GOD. CAN I DO THIS? LIKE AM I PREPARED TO DO THIS?>>Jimmy: WE’LL FIND OUT ON WEDNESDAY.>>SHE PUT HER DOGS LIFE ON IT. SO I SAID OKAY.>>Jimmy: HOW OLD IS THE DOG?>>MAGGIE. SHE’S LIKE 15.>>Jimmy: OH, FORGET IT THEN. YEAH. [ LAUGHTER ] THAT’S A WEIRD THING TO DO. A DOG’S, WHAT, 85 OR 105 IN HUMAN YEARS. OH, MY GOODNESS. WELL, IT’S GREAT TO — >>SO SHE DID. BUT ANYWAY, I’M EXCITED.>>Jimmy: GO GET THEM.>>I’M A LITTLE LESS NERVOUS NOW.>>Jimmy: DON’T HOLD BACK. JUST HAVE FUN. JUST IMAGINE YOU’RE ON THE RACE TRACK GOING AROUND IN CIRCLES.>>CRASHING?>>Jimmy: NO, NOT CRASHING. CRASHING IS BAD IN COMEDY. DANICA PAT-R EVERYBODY.

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