Michael Phelps Had the Best Reaction to Jimmy Fallon’s Ryan Lochte Impersonation
The 2016 VMAs were a full-on fest of love (Rihanna & Drake = swoon & eye-rolls), burns (poor Taylor Swift) and, of course, must-see looks. It also gave us one of the funniest, most cringe-worthy moments when Jimmy Fallon, who apparently wasn’t in the mood to play it safe, decided to go after another risky playa. Emerging dressed as Ryan Lochte — the uniform, the medal, the HAIR! — it was more than clear who Fallon was targeting. And while the crowd prepped for the takedown, one person in the seats, namely Michael Phelps, was lo-ving it!
“Who had the best video of the year? I can’t tell you that. They’re all so great and so talented, I could never choose. I couldn’t tell you even if there was a gun to my head,” Jimmy started, causing plenty of laughs from the crowd as Fallon referenced Lochte’s apparent penchant for lying (at least in one particular urination and uber-lie criminal offence). “I directed all five nominees. What an amazing year I’ve had! I taught Drake the ‘Hotline Bling’ dance. I made Lemonade with Queen Bey.” Liar, liar, pants on fire and the audience was LIT AF.
Phelps, Lochte’s Olympic swimming teammate and sometimes competitor, may have felt awkward or defensive while Ryan was being so publicly roasted, but nope. If his reaction was any indication, he thought it was friggin’ hilarious.
“Oh my god,” was the very clear reaction from Michael while his fiancée, Nicole Johnson, laughed and covered her mouth with her hands. Not wanting to forget the moment, Phelps was also recording the entire thing on his phone.
Gotta wonder if Ryan Lochte was watching.
What did you think about Jimmy’s Ryan Lochte impression and Michael’s reaction to it? Tweet us @BritandCo!
(Photos via Jason Kempin, Jamie McCarthy/Getty)
Back in January, we introduced you to a feel-good cause to inspire your New Year's resolution: a walking challenge to help raise funds for the amazing cancer fighters at The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society. I took part in the challenge with the Brit + Co team and ended up walking 105+ miles in January — it was awesome.
This spring, there's a new challenge on the horizon, The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society's Big Climb. The ask: On May 15, 2021, you can step up to take cancer down by committing to climb 1,311 steps, walking 3.2 miles, or doing 440 chair step-ups at home as part of the Big Climb. If you need some motivation to bring movement back into your daily routine — look no further!
As always, it's free to sign up, but climbers are encouraged to set a fundraising goal to help beat cancer. We'll be organizing another Brit + Co team to step up, and I hope you'll join us too! Keep scrolling for a peek at where I'll be completing the challenge in my Los Angeles neighborhood around the hidden Silver Lake Stairs. Happy climbing!
Never underestimate the power of an accountability buddy! I asked my in-laws, my partner, and a few friends to join me so we can keep each other motivated and accountable in completing the challenge — virtual high-fives all around! Also, my dog Fox is a great climber, too.
An aesthetically pleasing backdrop is a huge motivator for me! I'm fortunate to have all sorts of painted steps around my neighborhood to keep the challenge interesting, but you can also keep cool inside with at-home chair step-ups.
Don't forget to share your progress on social — #BigClimb!
Feel free to break the challenge up if you need to by tackling half the distance in the AM and half at sunset. Here's me 1,311 steps later and ready for a break — but, think I earned this one!