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Jamie Foxx Goes Rogue at Fox Upfronts With Improvised Baseball Jokes: ‘Don’t Wish to Stand Up for the Negro League?’

“Beat Shazam” host Jamie Foxx veered off script during Fox’s upfront presentation to advertisers on Monday while promoting Fox Sports and Major League Baseball’s upcoming collaboration on the Rickwood Classic in June. After showing a teaser for the sporting event, which will pay tribute to the Negro Leagues, Foxx asked the audience to stand up

Jamie Foxx Goes Rogue at Fox Upfronts With Improvised Baseball Jokes: ‘Don’t Wish to Stand Up for the Negro League?’

“Beat Shazam” host Jamie Foxx veered off script throughout Fox’s upfront presentation to advertisers on Monday whereas selling Fox Sports activities and Main League Baseball’s upcoming collaboration on the Rickwood Traditional in June.

After exhibiting a teaser for the sporting occasion, which can pay tribute to the Negro Leagues, Foxx requested the viewers to face up — however they remained sitting.

“Don’t need to arise for the negro league? That’s what that is? They gained’t even stand for Black individuals, I can’t stand this s–t. No, I’m simply kidding,” he joked, which resulted in some members of the viewers going quiet.

Derek Jeter and Alex Rodriguez then proceeded to affix Foxx onstage, resulting in extra improvised banter from the actor.

“Let me begin off by saying I couldn’t be prouder of the truth that Fox has this recreation. I imply, we get an opportunity to now pay tribute to the Negro Leagues, lengthy overdue I’d add,” Jeter mentioned. “We get to pay tribute to the Negro Leagues.”

“I might say so. I’m that Black dude. Yeah, let it occur,” Foxx interjected, leading to extra awkward silence, to which Jeter replied, “You possibly can take the teleprompter down as a result of we’re not even doing the teleprompter.”

Rodriguez went on to notice that Willie Mays, Satchel Paige and Jackie Robinson played in the Negro Leagues. At that, Foxx informed the viewers, “That is the place you guys must be clapping like loopy that you already know who these individuals are and that you simply care about African People.”

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The athlete added that the June program additionally commemorates the sixtieth anniversary of the Civil Rights Act in 1964 (Robinson earlier turned the primary Black man to play skilled baseball when he joined the Brooklyn Dodgers in 1947).

“I didn’t know you knew all that, I’m gonna name you Encyclopedia A-Rod. I like that. House runs and historical past? S–t, you are able to do all of it,” Foxx responded. “Talking of doing all of it, I don’t imply to brag however ya’ll know I performed just a little baseball. I’ve pitched two no-perfect hitters, not excellent video games, again in peewee league. Ya’ll suppose you could possibly match that into your broadcast?” 

Along with the improv with Jeter and Rodriguez, Foxx’s different jokes included asking Fox Leisure CEO Rob Wade to face up a number of occasions, telling the viewers to “give it up for myself” and asking the group what their favourite Ken Jeong movie is. The jokes had combined reactions.

“We bought some nice alcohol after this, too. We’re gonna get you all f–ked up. That’s what you’re ready for,” Foxx mentioned to interrupt up the awkwardness, which elicited some laughs.

Different expertise featured at Fox’s upfront event at Hammerstein Ballroom in New York Metropolis have been Michael Strahan, Gordon Ramsay, Lisa Vanderpump, Joel McHale, Jon Hamm and Jeong.

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