Jimmy Kimmel: Swift, Kelce Gags Fair Game at Oscars, Likely Overdone

Jimmy Kimmel gears up for a memorable Oscars night

by Zain ul Abedin
Jimmy Kimmel: Swift, Kelce Gags Fair Game at Oscars, Likely Overdone
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As the spotlight turns to the illustrious Dolby Theatre in Hollywood this Sunday evening for the 96th Academy Awards, all eyes are on Jimmy Kimmel, who is poised to take the stage as the Oscars host for the fourth time. The seasoned comedian, at 56, is gearing up to deliver his trademark blend of humor and wit, especially during his much-anticipated opening monologue.

In the build-up to the event, speculation has swirled around whether Kimmel would incorporate quips about pop icon Taylor Swift, 34, and her relationship with NFL standout Travis Kelce into his comedy routine. The pair's high-profile appearances in the lead-up to and during the 2024 Super Bowl have been the talk of the town, leading many to wonder if they would be fodder for Kimmel's humor.

When probed by CNN on this very topic, Kimmel candidly shared that jokes about Swift and Kelce are "not off limits" but quickly added they might be "probably played out" given the extensive coverage they've already received in various award show monologues this season, from the People's Choice Awards to the Golden Globes.

Kimmel, with a twinkle in his eye, remarked on the delicate art of celebrity roasting during such a glamorous night, "It’s not that easy. It depends on the person because some people are more sensitive than others. God help you if I know you.

Like, if you’ve been to my house, you’re in trouble on Oscar night."

Kimmel's Strategic Hosting

In a heartfelt conversation with PEOPLE magazine, Kimmel drew an analogy between his Oscar hosting duties and the Kansas City Chiefs' approach to their games, expressing a blend of familiarity and renewed excitement for the task at hand.

He lauded the relentless efforts of his creative team, including his wife, Molly McNearney, who returns as the show's co-executive producer, in making the Oscars a memorable event. Kimmel underscored the importance of pacing the show to maintain its dynamism and entertainment value, stating, "The big challenge always is trying to keep the show moving, so it's a matter of picking your spots and popping in when you're needed and staying out of the picture when you're not." With a slate of remarkable films such as 'Oppenheimer', 'Barbie', 'Poor Things', and 'Killers of the Flower Moon' leading the nominations, Kimmel is confident in the night's success.

He concluded, "We’ve got some really great movies and great actors and performers. It's tricky, but I think we have it figured out as much as you can." As the anticipation mounts, the 96th Oscars promises to be a night filled with glitz, glamour, and, under Kimmel's stewardship, plenty of laughter.

The show will broadcast live on ABC at 7 p.m. ET, bringing together the crème de la crème of the film industry in a celebration of cinematic excellence.