Jimmy Kimmel said he had no doubts how he would have handled Will Smith slapping Chris Rock had he been hosting this year’s Oscars.
Kimmel has previously joked about running away if he had been on stage when Smith was attacked – but during Tuesday’s broadcast of Howard Stern’s Sirius XM radio show, the late comedian evening took on a more serious tone.
“Oh, I would have gone straight there. I wouldn’t even wait for someone to say something,” he said. “I would have gone on stage because someone needed to go there at the time. And I think that was one of the downsides of having three hosts is that he wasn’t not clear who should go.
Kimmel reportedly “started talking to Will Smith” and first asked him, “What are you doing?” he claimed.
Kimmel recalled how, while hosting the ceremony in 2017, he took it upon himself to take the stage to respond to the misguided announcement of “La La Land” as best picture on “Moonlight.”
“Nobody knew what was supposed to happen, nobody told me to get on stage, I said, ‘I guess I better get on because I’m the only one with a mic on…’, he told Stern.
Watch Kimmel’s comments here:
Elsewhere in Kimmel’s interview with Stern, he revealed how the unexpected shape of the scene caused a backlash to his drunken pretend stunt at this year’s Emmy Awards:
He also recalled the time ‘Mission Impossible’ actor Tom Cruise came to his house to watch football: