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Oscar host Jimmy Kimmel jokes he would 'run' away if someone tried to slap him

Comedian Jimmy Kimmel, who is set to host the Oscars this year says he will run away if anyone tries to slap him on stage.

India TV Entertainment Desk Written By: India TV Entertainment Desk New Delhi Published on: March 10, 2023 22:56 IST
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Image Source : TWITTER Jimmy Kimmel to hist Oscars 2023

Ace comedian Jimmy Kimmel is all set to host the Oscars this year. The comedian is presenting the 95th Academy Awards at the Dolby Theatre in Los Angeles almost a year after 2022 host Chris Rock was belted by Will Smith after making a joke about the actor's wife Jada Pinkett Smith, reports 'Female First UK'. He has joked he will run away if anyone tries to slap him on stage. 

Now, Kimmel is adamant he won't let himself get slapped in the same way - especially if he's approached by someone bigger than him. In an interview with 'The Hollywood Reporter', he joked: "If somebody comes up on the stage and slaps me? Well, I size them up, and, if I'm bigger than they are, I beat the s*** out of them on television. And if it's the Rock, I run."

Jimmy went on to talk about his own previous Oscars controversy at the 2017 ceremony when 'La La Land' was accidentally announced as the Best Picture winner by presenters Faye Dunaway and Warren Beatty only for the award to then be given to the rightful winner 'Moonlight' instead.

'Female First UK' further states that the comedian joked that the moment is no longer the most controversial in Oscars history thanks to Will Smith. He said, "Yeah, we got knocked down the list. It's disappointing in a lot of ways. If you're gonna be part of a f***-up, it might as well be the biggest f***-up ever. Being part of the second-biggest f***up doesn't carry as much cachet".

After the monumental mix-up was revealed, Jimmy tried to lighten the awkward moment onstage by yelling to Beatty: "Warren! What did you do?" He then went on to add, "Well I don't know what happened. I blame myself for this. Let's remember it's just an awards show, I mean ... I knew I would screw this show up, I really did".

The 95th Academy Awards ceremony will be held on Sunday at the Dolby Theatre in Los Angeles, California, and marks another significant milestone in the academy's history. The live broadcast of the awards will commence at 5 pm (01:00 GMT on March 12) and will be available to viewers in the United States on the ABC television network. It will be live-streamed on Disney+Hotstar at 5:30 am on March 13, 2023 for Indian viewers. 

(With inputs from IANS)

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