ESPY Awards 2012: How did Rob Riggle do as host?
Riggle assumed the role previously held by Justin Timberlake, Matthew Perry, Samuel L. Jackson and recent two-time host Seth Meyers.Pictures: ESPY Awards 2012
The former "Saturday Night Live" cast member began his opening monologue by recapping the past year's winning sports teams - from the New York Giants to the Miami Heat.
He addressed NBA star LeBron James' move from Cleveland to Miami, saying, "Enough hating on LeBron. Come on, seriously. Does it bother you that a young man wanted to move to Miami with all his best friends to play basketball for millions of dollars. Who wouldn't do that? Hell, I'd move to Miami with my worst enemies just to manage a car wash. Enough with the hate."
Riggle continued, "The only exception on chilling on LeBron might be Cleveland, OK. I get it. Cleveland, I get it. You guys get screwed non-stop. Look at how many great players have left your town to go on and win elsewhere. You got Manny Ramirez, Cliff Lee, CC Sabathia, your entire NFL franchise."
At one point, he invited New York Jets back-up quarterback, Tim Tebow, up to the stage.
"This guy has been shadowing me all week," Riggle said before he addressed New York Jets starting quarterback Mark Sanchez. "Hey Sanchez, good luck with that all year," Riggle joked to a smiling Sanchez.
After he got through his opening monologue, Riggle took to Twitter:
Just finished the monologue, breathing again. I'm ready for the rest of the show! Now where are my pants?!-- Rob Riggle (@RobRiggle) July 12, 2012
Twitter reaction to Riggle's performance was mixed. Some viewers called him "hilarious," while others longed for Meyers' return.
The ESPYS, which stand for Excellence in Sports Performance Yearly, recognize individuals and team athletic performances of the past year.
Riggle has appeared in "The Hangover" and "21 Jump Street."
Stars at the ESPYs
Popular in Entertainment
- Amanda Bynes arrested on bong-related counts
- Amanda Bynes 20 Photos
- Amanda Bynes in court for possession of marijuana Play Video
- Ray Manzarek remembered by Doors bandmates, rockers
- Snooki: N.J. Gov. Christie "just doesn't like us"
- Amanda Bynes charged in NYC in accused bong toss
- Stone Temple Pilots sue its former singer
- "Arrested Development" returns: Will you binge-watch?