Jimmy Kimmel is all set to host the upcoming 2023 edition of the Oscars. The popular American talk show host is roped in to host the 95th edition of the Academy Awards. As he is already excited to do the job for the third time, Kimmel confirms that the infamous Will Smith slap incident will surely be a part of the upcoming ceremony.
The Ted 2 actor also hosted the grand award ceremony during its 89th and 90th editions. But among all the years, the Oscars 2022 attracted a large section of the audience due to the infamous Will Smith-Chris Rock fiasco. Appearing in an interview with Extratv, the 55-year-old television host and comedian revealed that he can’t skip the controversial incident even if he wants to.
What happened at Oscars 2022?
The Oscars 2022 witnessed a shocking moment when Will Smith rushed on the stage and slapped the comedian Chris Rock. The Internet was divided while the stars became a hot topic of discussion. Will Smith was ultimately banned by the Academy for 10 years.
The infamous incident occurred when Chris Rock commented on Will Smith’s wife Jada Pinkett Smith and the joke didn’t go well with the King Richard actor. Jada Pinkett Smith suffers from a condition called alopecia areata which results in tremendous hair loss. Referring to the unique haircut of Demi Moore in G.I. Jane, Rock remarked:
“Jada, I love you. ‘G.I. Jane 2,’ can’t wait to see it”
The joke didn’t go well with the couple and The Independence Day star went on the stage and slapped Chris Rock saying:
“keep my wife’s name out of your f–king mouth.”
This incident had a major impact on Smith’s life. Later he also issued a video on his social media and apologized to the comedian.
Jimmy Kimmel going to bring back the Will Smith moment
Recently appearing in an interview with extratv, Jimmy Kimmel confirmed that he has to bring the infamous slap gate controversy back. You can watch the full video here:
Jimmy Kimmel claimed that it is nothing new for the format to bring back old incidents and unfortunately he has to also fulfill his part of the job:
“It’s got to come up in some way. 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.”
The 2023 edition of the Oscars will be held on March 12, 2023, and it will be exciting to watch how the event pans out. We never know, there might also be another iconic moment waiting for us.