Jimmy Kimmel explained why he was spotted smiling during Fergie’s terrible National Anthem rendition on Sunday at the NBA All-Star game.  It turns out he’s just a huge fan of the National Anthem.

“The reason I was smiling is because I love the National Anthem so much.”

Kimmel then offered up a little advice on taking chances while singing the National Anthem.

“Here’s the thing about taking risks.  When it comes to the national anthem, don’t.  Just don’t.  Don’t take risks when you’re doing brain surgery, don’t take risks when you’re driving a school bus, or singing the National Anthem.  Just regular is fine.”

That seems like a reasonable explanation and some reasonable advice.  Too bad for Fergie he didn’t catch her before she took a risk singing the anthem.