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Jimmy Kimmel Jokes That He's Behind the Oscars Best Picture Mix-Up

by Jackie Willis 9:57 AM PST, February 27, 2017
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Jimmy Kimmel is being praised for his stint as host of the 89th Academy Awards, but he did express concern that the Best Picture snafu may tarnish his hosting reputation.

The 49-year-old comedian chatted with Kelly Ripa immediately after the awards ceremony on Sunday night, and recalled what it was like to take the stage after presenters Warren Beatty and Faye Dunaway announced that La La Land had won Best Picture when Moonlight was actually the winner.

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When Ripa noted that he was not at fault for the flub, Kimmel responded, "I don't know. If I was me, I would be suspect number one."

"Can I tell you something? I did do it," he jokingly added. "I thought it would be funny."

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Kimmel quickly clarified that he had nothing to do with the mishap. "If I had done it, it would've been quicker," he said.

The late-night TV personality also didn't miss a chance to compare the flub to when Steve Harvey accidentally crowned the wrong pageant contestant while hosting Miss Universe in 2015. "Think about this, Steve Harvey read the wrong name at, like, the Miss Nevada pageant or something like that, and everybody went nuts," he exclaimed.

Kimmel further noted that he was impressed with how "very gracious" the La La Land producers were when handing the award over to those responsible for Moonlight. "Next year at the Oscars, they should give them their own Good Sport award," he said.

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La La Land producer Jordan Horowitz was the one to reveal that the wrong movie had been called out for Best Picture, and spoke exclusively to ET about the awkward moment.

"It was a difficult situation, there's no doubt about that," he said while at the Governors Ball following the awards ceremony. "But listen, things get thrown at you and you've got to kind of roll with it. And as I said, I was deeply happy to be able to give it to those guys. It really…I don't know. It's shocking, and I'm at a little bit of a loss for words."

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