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Did Oscars host Jimmy Kimmel slyly dig into the Will Smith-Chris Rock slap incident with his comment?


Jimmy Kimmel will host the Oscars for the third time. Jimmy is without a doubt the safer choice as he can handle anything with love and humor. The Oscars made headlines last year when Will Smith slapped host and comedian Chris Rock at the 2022 Academy Awards after the latter mocked his wife, Jada Pinkett Smith. The infamous incident has spawned a slew of humorous memes since then.

Jimmy Kimmel, who is celebrating the 20th anniversary of ABC’s “Jimmy Kimmel Live,” had no idea he would return to the Academy Awards as host before the announcement was made. Kimmel last hosted the show in 2018. The late-night speaker will return to the Academy Awards Sunday night to celebrate his hat on the world stage. He will be the first to host the ceremony that witnessed the accident between Will Smith and Chris Rock last year.

Jimmy Kimmel shares his plan for Oscar night

Looks like Jimmy Kimmel won’t let history repeat itself. In an interview, Kimmel poked fun at the slapgate incident last year and shared how he would respond if anyone tried to slap him.

He joked, “Well, I’m upping her size, and if I’m bigger than her, I’m hitting it up on TV.” The comedian then expressed his thoughts on the upcoming event. “Well, whatever you say about it, it must be cool, right?” said Kimmel. Jimmy Kimmel would not like another such event to happen, despite the fact that he raised viewership for the awards show slightly the year before.

What is the Oscar “envelope” controversy?

It’s not the first “slapgate” controversy in Oscars history. There are other controversies that occurred at the Oscars before the slap. The 2017 “Envelopegate” controversy was one of the most memorable. Kimmel, who was hosting the 2017 Academy Awards, was responsible for the terrible mix-up. Warren Beatty and Faye Dunaway were given the wrong envelopes and La La Land was named Best Picture winner over Moonlight, the actual winner. Kimmel said he has no idea how the envelope mishap happened, but he feels it definitely got everyone excited about the Oscars.

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Joanna Swanson

Joanna Swanson is Europe correspondent at the Thomson Reuters Foundation based in Brussels covering politics, culture, business, climate change, society, economies and inclusive tech. With specific focus in breaking news, she has covered some of the world's most significant stories.