Jimmy Kimmel has seen, heard and, let’s be trustworthy, instructed means too many Will Smith–Chris Rock 2022 Academy Award slap jokes. However on Sunday night time (March 12), the late night time talker shall be again on the Oscars stage for his third go-round because the night time’s host and in his first one-on-one interview selling the present he assured Good Morning America‘s Lara Spencer on Thursday (March 9) that there shall be no such incidents on his watch.
“I’ll inform you what, no one received hit once I hosted the present,” Kimmel joked about his 2017 and 2018 stints holding the trains operating on film’s largest night time. Kimmel mentioned he’s given it plenty of thought and he is aware of that “one million jokes have been made about it, one million assume items have been written on it… There was quite a bit mentioned about it, so no matter I say must be I feel — you recognize, it must be good.”
So relaxation assured that Kimmel has a lot to say concerning the factor that can undoubtedly be on everybody’s thoughts. “All people’s gonna be ready for that second. And that shall be a part of the present, however definitely not the main target of the present,” he mentioned of the infamous incident that birthed one million headlines after Smith shocked viewers by storming the stage and slapping comic Rock throughout the face after the stand-up made a joke about Smith’s spouse, Jada Pinkett Smith.
In addition to, Kimmel is aware of what occurs when issues go sideways on the Oscars, as they did in 2017 when Warren Beatty and Faye Dunaway introduced one of the best image award and unintentionally mentioned La La Land as an alternative of the proper winner, Moonlight.
“We had somewhat envelope downside the primary time,” Kimmel mentioned. “That was that. After which — however I’ll inform you what, no one received hit once I hosted the present. All people was well-behaved at my Oscars.”
Kimmel mentioned he’s additionally actually excited for Rihanna‘s efficiency of her Oscar-nominated Black Panther: Wakanda Perpetually ballad “Carry Me Up.” After the singer revealed that she is pregnant along with her second little one throughout this yr’s Tremendous Bowl LVII halftime efficiency, Kimmel mentioned Sunday’s set ought to be equally dramatic.
“Rihanna is extra pregnant than the Tremendous Bowl,” he mentioned. “She’s greater, it’s greater. Come see Rihanna have a child!” And as for Kimmel’s long-time A-list nemesis, actor Matt Damon, you possibly can certainly think about what Jimmy needed to say about that. “Matt Damon… was not invited, was not nominated, and I hope he’s by no means invited or nominated once more.”
Watch Kimmel on GMA right here.
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