LISTEN: Jim Norton responds to Gregg 'Opie' Hughes

Chris Lingebach
November 05, 2018 - 7:13 pm

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Comedian Jim Norton no longer feels an inclination to go in hard on his former co-host, Gregg 'Opie' Hughes, but he does still revel in making fun of him.

One half of SiriusXM's "Jim Norton & Sam Roberts," Norton spoke with 106.7 The Fan's Chad Dukes about his current relationship to the "Opie & Anthony" universe ahead of his tour stop in the D.C. area.

"I follow all of you guys on Twitter," Dukes said. "And I saw that Ope piped up and was saying some critical things. For a while there, it kind of looked like you were past that, that you didn't want to dwell in it, but you fired back at him. What is that process like for you? Because you know once you respond, it gives the whole thing energy. Is that a big conflict for you, to decided whether or not you want to punch back?"

"Nah, I don't care," Norton said. "I mean, I just didn't notice he did it. I've had that idiot muted since before we stopped working together, so I don't really pay attention to his tweets.

"I saw a couple of the things he said. I don't care if he's upset. Like, I just don't care. I like the show I'm doing now. There will never be a moment where he understands what it is that makes people dislike him and I don't care if he does – that's not my problem. He wants to tell everybody 'it's LIES!' That's fine. It means nothing to me. I actually like the show I'm doing."

That "cartoon character," Chip Chipperson – which is Norton's truest self – is selling out theater shows in Boston, on Long Island and soon Philadelphia, anchors an entire podcast network single-handedly, and was recently the deciding factor in Norton re-signing with SiriusXM on a three-year deal.

"People want me to hit back really hard," Norton said. "But I'd rather make fun of him. Like, it's more fun for me to just goof on him as Chip. It's not like, Oh, no! I don't want to take the gloves off! It's like, what are we gonna talk about? We've said what we had to say – f*** him."

"It's more fun to mock him as Chip," he said. "And then he can be angry, because he's not going to be able to hit back in a funny way, and he knows that. So, he can do whatever he wants and be a victim. That's what he does. He's a victim, so be a victim."

Jim Norton will be prowling a stage near you like a panther soon, at Rams Head in Annapolis on Friday, Nov. 9, and he returns to The State Theatre for the first time in 10 years on Sunday, Nov. 11.

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