Daniel Tosh has lashed out against ESPN for blatantly ripping off his long recurring segment Web Redemption. In Tosh’s long running Tosh.0 segment, Tosh introduces a viral video star that has made him or herself a complete fool online. Tosh then visits said subject and asks, “Are you ready to give it another shot.” In other words, Tosh gives the viral video star a chance at “web redemption.”
The other day, ESPN introduced a new segment, wherein they sent a reporter to visit Mark Donnelly, the Canadian singer who became a viral sensation after a video surfaced of him tripping over a carpet whilst singing the Canadian National Anthem “O Canada” at a hockey game. During the most recent episode of Tosh.0, Daniel Tosh played the Donnelly clip.
“I know what you’re thinking—that would make a great Web Redemption,” Tosh said after the Donnelly clip ended. “And apparently you’re not the only one who thought so. Listen, I’m aware that America’s Funniest Home Videos and Talk Soup have a legitimate gripe against me and it’s bad enough that MTV has a PG girl version of this show. But now sports channels are stealing from me? Did ESPN really think I wouldn’t notice when they came up with an eerily familiar new segment called Awesome Video Segment?”
ESPN issued the following statement: “This was more an instance of us using a common phrase than it was copying his wording. We know that doesn’t sound like the strongest explanation, yet it’s the truth.” We’re not buying it, ESPN!
Check out the Tosh video below to see how exactly Tosh exacted revenge on ESPN and why Tosh called the sports network “fucking hacks” and arrived at the conclusion that ESPN “loves killing kids.”
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