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Comedian Jimmy Kimmel took aim at Will Smith following last year’s controversial slap at Oscars 2023.
The US talk show star hosted the star-studded 95th Oscars awards night in Los Angeles on Sunday (March 12).
The hilarious TV personality made many savage digs at many celebrities' during his opening speech.
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Referencing last year’s controversial Will Smith moment, Jimmy said: “We want you to have fun, we want you to be safe, and we want me to be safe.
“If any person in this theatre commits an act of violence, you will be awarded best actor and be allowed to give a 19-minute speech.”
He added: “If anything unpredictable or violent happens at this year’s show, just do what you did last year – nothing.”
Jimmy also joked about the diversity of nominees coming from “every corner of Dublin,” and given the number of Irish nominees, how “the odds of another fight just went way up,” as he made another savage dig at last year’s controversial moment.
Fans took to Twitter to share their thoughts on Jimmy’s joke, with one person writing: “The #WillSmith burn comes, and it’s very good @jimmykimmel.”
Another said: “Lol, Kimmel rinsing the crowd for what they did during Will Smith last year #Oscars.”
It comes after Will Smith walked on stage and slapped presenter Chris Rock due to a joke aimed at wife, Jada Pinkett-Smith shortly before the King Richard star would go on and win the best actor award at last year’s ceremony.
After the incident, Will announced his resignation from the Academy, and it was ultimately decided that he would be banned from appearing at the Oscars ceremony for 10 years.
“We’re going to acknowledge it, and then we’re gonna move on,” executive producer Molly McNearney said. “We don’t want to make this year about last year. It’s certainly something we can and will address in a comedic fashion.”
Jimmy, who is hosting for the third time, said he was prepared for just about anything this year.
His opening monologue took aim at quite a few stars in the audience, including Steven Spielberg, Austin Butler and Seth Rogen.
He also poked fun at himself, referencing the wrong winner being read for the biggest award of the night, Best Picture, back in 2017.
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