This year, Simmons, along with four-time MVP LeBron James, was the target of Patrick's opener.
"He went on to call her a "living legend" and 'beautiful, '" a source told Page Six, adding, "Chloe was definitely fangirling and knew all the words to his songs". The newly retired racecar driver was the first woman to host the annual show honoring the past year's best athletes and moments.
The ESPYs is always an interesting spectacle because it allows the best athletes in sports to be given the full Hollywood treatment for at least one night - red carpet, awards show, stage presentations and all.
During the late-night appearance, Patrick said she will "absolutely not" make fun of her beau, despite Kimmel's jokes. A crack about vertically challenged Astros second baseman Jose Altuve fell, uh, short too, although he managed a slight smile in the audience. It also received mixed reviews on social media.More news: Survivor: Duck boat captain said life jackets not needed
However, it also featured a few spectacularly awkward ones.
"I mean, who doesn't love LeBron James?"
But no matter how hard Patrick tries to razz her fellow athletes, she, or anyone for that matter, will never, ever come close to topping the near-criminal performance of Norm McDonald way back in the 1998 ESPYs. She joked about how in the sport of curling kneeling is allowed, in reference to National Football League protests of players taking a knee during the Star Spangled Banner.