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Jimmy Kimmel Clashes with Oscars Producers Over Trump Post and John Cena’s Daring Stunt

Published March 13, 2024 3:54 PM
Samantha Dunn
Published March 13, 2024 3:54 PM

Key Takeaways

  • Jimmy Kimmel shared his post-Oscars thoughts on his live show.
  • Kimmel read a post from Donald Trump live at the Oscars in which Trump called for producers to “Get rid of Kimmel”.
  • Backstage, the 2024 Oscars host revealed the difficulties producers faced over a stunt involving a naked John Cena.

At the 2024 Oscars, a backstage drama involving host Jimmy Kimmel was revealed by the host on his late night show.

In a post-show interview, Kimmel shared insights into the producers’ apprehensions and the lengths they went to ensure the stunt went smoothly. He expressed his determination to push through with both Trump’s post and Cena’s stunt.

Behind The Scenes Drama

The controversy involving Jimmy Kimmel, Trump, and John Cena, was first discussed on Live with Kelly and Mark .

Kimmel said producers tried to prevent him from reading the post from former President Donald Trump during the live broadcast.

Trump’s post blasted Kimmel’s hosting skills. He called the Oscars “disjointed, boring, and very unfair.” Kimmel responded with a quip about Trump’s legal troubles.

The post  shared on Truth Social was read aloud by Jimmy Kimmel directly from his phone.

“Has there EVER been a WORSE HOST than Jimmy Kimmel at The Oscars. His opening was that of a less than average person trying too hard to be something which he is not, and never can be,”

“Get rid of Kimmel and perhaps replace him with another washed up, but cheap, ABC ‘talent,’ George Slopanopoulos. He would make everybody on stage look bigger, stronger, and more glamorous… blah, blah, blah. MAKE AMERICA GREAT AGAIN!”

Kimmel asked the audience: “See if you can guess which former president just posted that on Truth Social.”

John Cena Stunt to Celebrate “Oscar Streaker”

According to Kimmel, he wanted to do something to celebrate the 50th anniversary of the so-called “Oscar streaker” – who ran across the stage naked.  This led to a planned stunt with John Cena in which Cena was to appear naked.

Kimmel spoke about this further on his show Jimmy Kimmel Live , and the intense discussions with producers about how to appropriately cover Cena up. This included talks about envelope sizes and other measures to maintain decency while executing the stunt.

“No comedy bit has ever received more scrutiny than this” Kimmel acknowledged on his live show.

Hollywood Conspiracy Theories

Social media has been filled with comments about the Oscars stunt, with conspiracy theorists and popular voices including Andrew Tate, stating it was part of a Hollywood “humiliation ritual”.

An X user added: “You cannot deny this anymore. This is a Hollywood Humiliation ritual. They got John Cena to do this in the Oscars! If you don’t believe this is not a real thing. You are definitely clueless.”

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