Trump Appears to Mix Up Jimmy Kimmel, Al Pacino

He claims Kimmel bungled Best Picture announcement
By Rob Quinn,  Newser Staff
Posted Apr 18, 2024 4:16 AM CDT

Donald Trump revisited an old grudge on Wednesday during a day off from his New York trial. In a Truth Social post, the former president slammed "stupid" Jimmy Kimmel for reading out a critical message from Trump while hosting the Oscars last month. But, as Rolling Stone reports, Trump went on to blast Kimmel for supposedly "stumbling through" announcing that Oppenheimer had won Best Picture. "It was a CLASSIC CHOKE, one of the biggest ever in show business, and to top it off, he forgot to say the famous and mandatory line, 'AND THE WINNER IS,'" Trump wrote. The announcement, however, was made by Al Pacino, who later said he had been told to cut it short.

"In fairness to our former President, many stable geniuses confuse me with Al Pacino," Kimmel quipped in a post on X. On his show Wednesday night, he said, "I am not Al Pacino. Maybe you dreamed this during one of your courtroom siestas?" The Oscars ceremony, he said, "was five weeks ago. My parents don't even care anymore!"

Fellow late-night host Stephen Colbert made a similar quip. "In the middle of a presidential campaign and countless federal indictments, he's obsessed with the Academy Awards from five weeks ago," he said, per the New York Times. "I look forward to his new campaign slogan: Trump 2024: They Gave It to Green Book?" Colbert also poked fun at the Oscars, Deadline reports. "And for the record, sir, Jimmy did an incredible job as host," he said. "Oscar viewership was up 4%. That's right. This year, four more people watched." (More Donald Trump stories.)

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