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Oscars 2023: Jimmy Kimmel stuns with reference to Will Smith Slap in opening monologue

"We want everyone to feel safe."

TV host and comedian Jimmy Kimmel opened the 95th Academy Awards (Oscars) with a tongue-in-cheek opening monologue.

Taking aim at Will Smith, he said: “We want everyone to feel safe. We want me to feel safe.

“If anyone in this theatre commits an act of violence at any point in the show, you will be awarded the Oscar for Best Actor and permitted to give a 19-minute-long speech.”

He then made reference to all of those actors who could protect him, including Spiderman’s Andrew Garfield — whose facial expressions got a huge laugh from the crowd.

Kimmel then called out the Academy for doing “nothing” last year, saying that their new “crisis team” would also do “nothing” once again if anything else were to happen.

During the opener, Kimmel — who arrived by parachute onto the stage — poked fun at director James Cameron, saying the show is so long that even he didn’t want to sit through it. LOL! Before turning his attention to Top Gun: Maverick’s Tom Cruise.

“Everyone loved Top Gun, everyone. Tom Cruise with his shirt off in that beach football scene? L. Ron hubba hubba! You know what I’m saying?” he joked.

“Tom and James Cameron didn’t show up. Two guys who insisted on us going to the theatre didn’t go to the theatre.”

Kimmel also spoke about the epic musical artists in attendance, including Oscar nominee Austin Butler.

Rihanna is here, Lady Gaga is here, and even Elvis is here. Austin Butler is here,” he said, before making a joke referring to his accent.

“Elvis is still in the building.”

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