Check out the Stone Cold Truth DVD. During a post-show promo, the wrestlers hold a birthday party for Vince. After some playful prodding by Taker and Austin, Vince ousts himself at 58 years old at the time.
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IIRC, the people that blasted Jericho for his "poor performance" were in the minority, although Jericho seemed to interpret this as the majority somehow. I think he just used it as an excuse because he was tired of posting on the Internet.