Jimmy Kimmel Oscar Pre-Show Bit About Mean Celeb Tweets Spurs Mean Twitter React

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Jimmy Kimmel spurred a mostly hostile reaction on Twitter to a bit that he did on ABC’s Oscar pre-show about Academy Awards viewers dishing out mean tweets about celebrities.

Many industryites called it a slam at middle America and the bedrock viewers that the Oscarcast needs most to maintain its status as a must-watch event.

In the partially pre-taped bit, Kimmel walked onto the red carpet in casual clothes and stopped to chat with pre-show host Lara Spencer, complaining about the everyday people who sit at home sending out harsh comments about celeb fashion choices. The bit was an extension of a recurring feature on “Jimmy Kimmel Live” in which celebs read nasty items about them from Twitter.

“They’re vicious,” Kimmel said with mock outrage of mean tweeters. “They should be sterilized immediately.”

Kimmel then stepped through the screen and came through the flat screen TV in the home of a rotund man and woman watching the show from their couch and eating cheese puffs. He read some nasty comments from them and called them out, criticizing their own downscale outfits.

“You’ve got orange fingers, you’re wearing a pink Juicy jumpsuit,” Kimmel said to the woman. “Hello! Is this the Real Housewives of 7-11?”


The bit ended with Kimmel climbing back through the flat screen TV and onto the red carpet, where he assured Spencer that he had delivered the message and that he would never be so hard on celebs.

“I would never do something like that,” he said. “I don’t make fun of people.”

The reaction from the Twitterverse was swift. It wasn’t all negative, but plenty of people found that it hit the wrong note. Kimmel is also set to host ABC’s live post-Oscar special later tonight — which may well provide him with an opportunity to answer his critics.


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  1. Michele Andrews says:

    I didn’t think Kimmel’s skit was funny. Making fun of people because of their weight and stereotyping them as couch potatoes, shows his stupid prejudice. He wouldn’t make fun of someone’s race, gender or religion; why is it ok to make fun of someone’s appearance?

  2. Sandi Joyner says:

    Not only were the Oscar comments mean-spirited, the interview with Toronto’s mayor was very distasteful. I liked the show prior to this week.

    Making people look like idiots and breaking their spirit is not entertaining to me. I will no longer feed on others misery. My husband I won’t watch again.

  3. Cindy Young says:

    I don’t like the way the mayor of Toronto was treated on the Jimmy Kimmel show. At least he is not a FAKE politician. It was the first time I watched his show and will be my last. Yes the mayor is a ” colorful character” however he is at least REAL

  4. Phillip graves says:

    It appears the twitter verse missed the point. If you type mean misguided things to celebrities. Don’t be hurt when angry misguided things are pointed in your direction

  5. Josalyn says:

    Love Jimmy Kimmel because he understands absurdity . It is ridiculous that people go on social media to bash celebrities they never met , and constantly spreading hate . They do all of this to appease their self-hatred and insecurity .

  6. Cam says:

    What a pompous putz.

  7. johntshea says:

    So Mr. Kimmell’s critics proved him right.
    Cheesy puffs…MMMMM!!!!!

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