Oscars host Jimmy Kimmel didn’t take long to make President Donald Trump the focus of his jokes.
“This broadcast is being watched by millions of Americans and — around the world — 225 countries that now hate us, and I think that is an amazing thing," Kimmel began. He followed that with a serious plea for viewers to reach out to one person they like, but disagree with, in order to have a meaningful conversation. “If every person watching this show… if every one of you took a minute to reach out to someone you disagree with, someone you like and have a positive, considerate conversation — not as liberals and conservatives, but as Americans — we could make America great again.”
Kimmel nonetheless continued his political jabs. “I want to say thank you to President Trump,” he quipped. “Remember last year, when it seemed like the Oscars were racist? That's gone, thanks to him!”
President Trump is reportedly not watching the Oscars this year, according to White House press secretary Sean Spicer, as he will be attending the Governor’s Ball at the White House. Despite his previous engagement, Jimmy joked that Trump would most likely still tweet about the biggest night in Hollywood “in all caps during his 5 a.m. bowel movementtomorrow.”
Kimmel also included a more recent reference to political news when he said, “If you're from CNN or the L.A. or New York Times — if you work for anything with the word 'Times' in it, even, like, Medieval Times — I'd like to ask you to leave the building right now, okay? We have no tolerance for fake news. Fake tans we love, but [not] fake news.”