Jimmy Kimmel Reveals ABC's Fear Over Cena Skit; Bigger Envelope Required

Kimmel's Oscars Recap Highlights Unusual Prop Controversy.

by Nouman Rasool
Jimmy Kimmel Reveals ABC's Fear Over Cena Skit; Bigger Envelope Required
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In a vibrant return to his late-night platform on Monday, Jimmy Kimmel dived into a lively recap of the Oscar ceremonies, highlighting a particularly memorable moment involving John Cena's unique presentation for Best Costume.

The scene was set with an initial tease from Justin Timberlake, who humorously claimed he'd be stepping in for Kimmel for the evening, only for Kimmel himself to take the stage, ready to share his top picks from the eventful night.

Among various notable instances, including Arnold Schwarzenegger's pronunciation of "Godzilla" and Ryan Gosling's "I'm Just Ken" performance, Kimmel was particularly amused by the homage to the 50th anniversary of the iconic Oscars streaker of 1974.

Kimmel candidly shared the behind-the-scenes tension this skit ignited, revealing the extensive discussions, emotional rollercoasters, and debates surrounding the comedic piece, especially concerning the prop envelope intended to cover Cena's modesty.

Envelope Size Debate

The network's executives proposed using an oversized envelope, likening it to a shoebox, to ensure everything remained under wraps. However, Kimmel and his crew opted for a more modestly sized envelope, which, as it turned out, was perfectly adequate for the task at hand.

Kimmel humorously commended Cena for the stir he caused, playfully noting that it's not often an idea "literally pushes the envelope" as this one did. Moreover, Kimmel didn't let the evening's conclusion go unnoticed, pointing out a humorous moment involving Messi, the canine star from "Anatomy of a Fall," during the Oscar telecast credits.

Messi's antics over Matt Damon's Hollywood Walk of Fame star provided a light-hearted finish to the night. Yet, it wasn't just the planned moments that caught Kimmel's attention; a post-show tweet from Donald Trump also sparked commentary.

Trump's reaction to not being mentioned during the Oscars seemed to vex him, leading to a spontaneous mention by Kimmel, drawn by the irresistible pull of the former president's antics, thereby underlining the unpredictable nature of live television and the enduring impact of spontaneous moments.

Kimmel's blend of humor and insight provided an entertaining and reflective look back at one of Hollywood's biggest nights, capturing the essence of the Oscars with his characteristic wit and charm.