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Jimmy Kimmel Jokes He’ll “Beat the Sh*t Out of” Anybody Who Slaps Him at Oscars 2023

Jimmy Kimmel is internet hosting the Oscars for a 3rd time when the ninety fifth Academy Awards air on March 12—and nobody is extra stunned about that than him. 

“I didn’t essentially assume I’d ever do it once more or be requested to do it once more,” Kimmel advised The Hollywood Reporter in an interview simply days earlier than the occasion. “And it wasn’t a kind of conditions the place they couldn’t get anyone and so they requested me on the final minute,” the comic continued. “I positively would have stated no if that was the case.” He later joked, “If you happen to catch me on the proper second, you may get me to signal nearly something.”

Going into this yr’s ceremony, final yr’s notorious Will SmithChris Rock slap is prime of thoughts. Kimmel has already confirmed he’ll communicate concerning the slap throughout his monologue, however that not all of his remarks will likely be dedicated to it. “Nicely, no matter I say about it, it’s going to should be nice, proper?” he advised the outlet. “As a result of a lot has been stated and there’s a lot concentrate on it. I clearly don’t wish to make the entire monologue about that, however it could be ridiculous to not point out it.”

When requested how Kimmel would react if he have been on the receiving finish of an onstage smack, he replied: “Nicely, I dimension them up, and, if I’m greater than they’re, I beat the shit out of them on tv. And if it’s The Rock, I run.” 

Kimmel is not any stranger to controversy on Hollywood’s largest evening. He additionally hosted in 2017, the yr Faye Dunaway and Warren Beatty wrongly offered greatest image to La La Land, as an alternative of the true winner, Moonlight. That scandal “bought knocked down the record” within the wake of the slap, Kimmel quipped. “It’s disappointing in quite a lot of methods,” he added. “If you happen to’re gonna be a part of a fuckup, it’d as properly be the most important fuckup ever. Being a part of the second-biggest fuckup doesn’t carry as a lot cachet.”

The Academy just lately introduced that it has enlisted a “disaster workforce” to fight any slap-like threats through the telecast. Kimmel advised The Hollywood Reporter that he’s “not been concerned” with the committee, jokingly including, “Yeah, I really feel like I ought to a minimum of know what was mentioned so I do know what I ought to concern once I stroll onstage. However, actually, I think it largely has to do with UFOs.”

Whereas slapping will likely be referenced throughout Kimmel’s internet hosting stint, whether or not he’ll joke about Scientology as nominee Tom Cruise sits within the viewers continues to be up for debate. “No, I imply, pay attention, the rationale that Tom Cruise is being embraced by the film trade is that, I don’t know if he saved [movies], however he positively gave them the Heimlich maneuver,” Kimmel stated, referencing stories that Steven Spielberg advised Cruise through the Oscar nominees luncheon that Prime Gun: Maverick “saved Hollywood’s ass” and “might need saved theatrical distribution.”

One factor that’s for sure: “This present’s going to be lots longer than three hours, I’ll inform you that proper now,” Kimmel stated. “Alert the associates, we’re going lengthy!”

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