The ‘Jimmy Kimmel Live!’ host reveals how he’ll handle it if someone storms the stage and slaps him as the ‘King Richard’ actor infamously did to Chris Rock at last year’s ceremony.
AceShowbiz -Being tapped as an emcee for such a big event as the Academy Awards isn’t an easy task. As he’s gearing up to host the upcoming Oscars, Jimmy Kimmel is prepared for several possible scenarios should someone try to recreate Will Smith‘s slap.
In an interview with The Hollywood Reporter, the funnyman was asked what he would do if someone storms the stage and slaps him as the “Emancipation” star did to Chris Rock at last year’s ceremony. “Well, I size them up, and, if I’m bigger than they are, I beat the s**t out of them on television,” he jokingly warned the audience.
The “Jimmy Kimmel Live!” host, however, isn’t ready for a physical confrontation with a bigger star like Dwayne Johnson. “And if it’s the Rock, I run,” he quipped as he gave out another possible scenario.
The upcoming gig will mark the third time Kimmel is hosting the Academy Awards, after fronting the show in 2017 and 2018. Gushing over the 55-year-old’s appeal, Academy CEO Bill Kramer noted recently, “It’s so important to have a host who knows how to handle live television and a live audience. He’s funny, he’s respectful, his edges aren’t too sharp.”
When asked for comment on Kramer’s statement, Kimmel responded with humor. “Well, first of all, when Bill said my edges aren’t too sharp, I think what he was saying is I’m fat. I take that as fat shaming,” he said. “And I’ve told him I’m trying to lose weight. I did not fit into the tuxedo I wore in 2018, and it was disturbing.”
In a more serious note, he shared, “But I know what he means. I’m in a unique position in that my job is to make fun of people in Hollywood and then to have them sit next to me on the stage. And I’ve had 20 years of practice as far as balancing that stuff out goes.”
The 95th annual Academy Awards will air live from the Dolby Theatre in Los Angeles on Sunday, March 12. “Everything Everywhere All at Once” is leading the nominees with 11 nods.
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