The Academy already has a “whole crisis team” in place, but Jimmy Kimmel said he’s ready to “beat the shit” out of anyone who tries another Oscars slap.
“If somebody comes up on the stage and slaps me? Well, I size them up, and, if I’m bigger than they are, I beat the shit out of them on television. And if it’s the Rock, I run,” he told In an interview with The Hollywood Reporter.
Kimmel also addressed the Academy’s “crisis team. “I wish I knew. I’ve not been involved in that. I guess I’m the last thing they’re worried about,” he said about what it might entail, adding that he should “at least know what was discussed.”
“We have a whole crisis team, something we’ve never had before, and many plans in place,” the Academy said about their plans for this year. “We’ve run many scenarios. So it is our hope that we will be prepared for anything that we may not anticipate right now but that we’re planning for just in case it does happen.”
Earlier this month, Kimmel reflected on the slap in an interview with People. “It’s still shocking that that happened,” said Kimmel. “ I think it’s something that everybody regrets and that we will move past. One day it will be looked at in the same way as that guy running onstage naked is looked at: a weird moment that we all talked about and we hopefully learn from.”