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Jim Gaffigan defends Nickelback on Conan

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Perhaps no rock band of the modern era is more widely reviled than Nickelback. As comedian Jim Gaffigan explained to Conan O’Brien on Wednesday night, that’s exactly why he recruited them for a cameo on his self-titled show.

“I don’t know anything about Nickelback, but I know my friends that are super cool despise Nickelback,” Gaffigan said. “Like they kidnapped the Lindbergh baby. They’re playing music. If you don’t like it, turn it off.”

Gaffigan referred to this as “Outrage Jail” and noted that while some people deserve that hate, others like Nickelback and the comedian Carrot Top seem to draw vehement hate for unclear reasons. 

“I think it’s just that people define themselves by criticizing other things, and I think that’s wrong,” Gaffigan said.

Watch the clip below.