Yes, Jimmy Kimmel Plans To Address #TimesUp at the Oscars

 

The Oscars are to be hosted by Jimmy Kimmel, who today revealed in an interview with Vanity Fair that he will, indeed, include content about #MeToo and #TimesUp in his monologue.

Kimmel had previously seemed to indicate that he would not be broaching the subject that’s been dominating Hollywood conversation for the majority of recent months. In a sit-down with ABC Newshe had said “This show is not about reliving people’s sexual assaults” and “I’m not going to stop any bad behavior with my jokes.” However, it appears that he’s decisively changed his tune.

When asked by Vanity Fair if he had thoughts prepared concering Time’s Up, he said:

“I do, yes. It’s very tricky because when people are scared they don’t laugh, and when there’s a camera in their face they behave differently than they do in a comedy club or in the audience on a talk show. When you’re put in that position, those in the audience become a little bit of a deer in the headlights. That’s the part [where] you have to rely on experience and the knowledge of your medium.”

He added that coverage of the Oscars does tend to sensationalize moments out of context, explaining: “We all know that what happens during and after the Oscars is that people will take a screengrab of somebody and build a whole story around it.”

The Oscars will air on Sunday, March 4. Here’s Kimmel’s monologue from his hosting last year.

 

Alec Baldwin Hasn’t Ruled Out Playing Trump at White House Correspondents’ Dinner

Speaking on Jimmy Kimmel Live! last night with the talk show host, Alec Baldwin revealed he “wouldn’t say he’s not lobbying” to play Trump at the upcoming White House Correspondents’ Dinner, for which several other men apparently are lobbying.

Baldwin also revealed how his now famous impression of Donald Trump came to be: “I had no idea what I was going to do. I mean literally the moment I walked out there, I just said to myself, ‘Eyebrow out.’ I tried to stick my face out, my mouth out. I was in the makeup room, they’re putting my wig on, and it was like a scene from a mental hospital: I’m getting the wig on me and I’m sitting there the whole time going, ‘China, China,’ again and again, until you don’t think about it.”

It’s one thing to get the voice and facial scrunch down, but Baldwin says to really capture the essence of Trump, you must understand his fundamental speech and thought pattern: “To me, Trump was someone who, he’s always searching for a stronger, better word, and he never finds it. So whenever you do Trump, he’ll sit there going, ‘These people, they’re great people, they’re fantastic people, and I just want to say working with them was —’ [pauses] … and then he goes: ‘a fantastic experience.'”

Take a look at the clip below: