How The Oscars Would Have Ended, If Not For That Historic Mess-Up
Jimmy Kimmel revealed how the Oscars were supposed to end, before Warren Beatty and Faye Dunaway were handed the wrong envelope for the best picture award.
He said he was supposed to end the show seated next to Matt Damon.
“I don’t know if you know this but I hosted the Oscars last night,” Kimmel said on “Jimmy Kimmel Live.” “Except for the end, it was a lot of fun.” (RELATED: Michael Moore, Other Celebs Compare Shocking Oscar Ending To 2016 Election)
“It went very well,” Kimmel explained. “We were chugging along, and then, all of a sudden out of nowhere, it turned into a Maury Povich paternity test show. It was the weirdest TV finale since ‘Lost.'” (RELATED: Steve Harvey Offers To Help Warren Beatty)
“I’m sure you’ve at least heard, ‘La La Land’ was simultaneously the biggest winner and loser last night,” he added. “You know it’s a strange night when the word ‘envelope’ is trending on Twitter.”
Kimmel then described how he was sitting in the audience watching the speeches from the cast of “La La Land” when someone realized there was a mistake.
“The plan is for me to end the show from the audience in a seat next to Matt Damon,” Kimmel quipped. “Who, make no mistake, whatever confusion there was about who won, Matt Damon lost. He was a loser. He is a loser.”
“But we’re sitting there and we notice some commotion going on and Matt says, ‘I think I heard the stage manager say they got the winner wrong,'” he added. “Because the stage manager is never on camera, which is unusual.”
“But you figure, so we are siting there and well, the host will go onstage and clear this up,” he continued. “And then I remember, ‘Oh I’m the host!’ So, I just walk up the stairs. Now I am on stage. … Now there is mass confusion. The audience is confused. The people standing around me are confused.”
“I assume everyone at home is confused, ” Kimmel said. “And I am probably supposed to do something because no one is doing anything and then Warren Beatty steps up to explain.”