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”It’s Got To Come Up”: Jimmy Kimmel On Whether He Will Address Will Smith Slapgate During 2023 Oscars

The Will Smith-Chris Rock showdown on the Oscars had taken the web by storm

American TV host and comic Jimmy Kimmel, who is ready to host the ninety fifth Academy Awards in March 2023, has opened up about matters and previous blunders on the occasion that he’ll deal with in the course of the ceremony. In a latest interview, Mr Kimmel mentioned that he was fairly positive that the notorious Will Smith-Chris Rock controversy shall be talked about. 

“It’s got to come up in some way,” he told Extra. “You know, I don’t want to really make light of it necessarily, because to comedians, you know, comedians are mad about it…It’s one of those things that for a group of people that find everything funny, it’s, like, not funny, you know? But of course, you have to. Just like when they read the wrong winner one year when I hosted the Oscars, we had to make mention of that the next year.”

During the final Oscar ceremony, actor Will Smith walked up on stage and slapped Chris Rock in full public view. Mr Chris had made a joke about Will Smith’s spouse and actor Jada Pinkett Smith being within the “GI Jane” sequel due to her shaved head (Mrs Smith suffers from an acute hair loss situation referred to as alopecia). After the incident, the actor has been banned from Academy occasions, together with the Oscars, for 10 years. The Will Smith-Chris Rock showdown on the Oscars had taken the web by storm, inspiring a plethora of memes and jokes.  

Later, in an Instagram post, Mr Smith mentioned that he was embarrassed by his actions however “a joke about Jada’s medical condition was too much for him to bear”.

Coming to the Awards ceremony, Kimmel will host the 2023 Oscars on Sunday, March 12, when the telecast will air dwell on ABC. This shall be his third stint as Oscar Emcee. He first hosted the awards present in 2017 after which once more in 2018.  

Meanwhile, 2022 Oscars co-host Regina Hall poked enjoyable on the slapgate row and spoke about Mr Kimmel internet hosting the present. She told People, “I think it’s really a bad idea. No, I’m joking. We’ll make sure Jimmy’s got something on so he doesn’t get injured onstage and nobody comes up out of the audience. But I think it’s gonna be a fun show and he’s tried and true, so I’m excited to see what he’s gonna do.”

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