Jimmy Kimmel not nervous of Slapgate repeat as he gives nod to Oscars bust-up

Jimmy Kimmel not nervous of Slapgate repeat as he gives nod to Oscars bust-up

Jimmy Kimmel was not nervous about there being a repeat of the Will Smith and Chris Rock bust-up – dubbed Slapgate – at Sunday night's Oscars, according to our expert.

Everyone at the annual event held their breath as they waited to find out if the 2023 Academy Awards would be as entertaining – or violent – as last year's.

But host Jimmy, 55, had no nerves, instead being "at easy and secure", according to body language and celebrity psychic Inbaal Honigman.

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Clearly not worried about a repeat incident, Oscars host Jimmy made reference to last year's slap, joking that if anyone "commits an act of violence at any point during the show you will be awarded the Oscar for Best Actor and permitted to give a 19-minute-long speech".

Inbaal exclusively told Daily Star: "From his safe spot on the stage presenting the Oscars, Jimmy Kimmel strings together countless jokes about the slapping incident from a year ago, nicknamed Slapgate.

"Will Smith's violent reaction to Chris Rock making a joke about his wife's alopecia happened to take place at the Academy Awards 2022, and Kimmel had to reference it in his monologue – but he is not nervous."

Inbaal continued: "He's facing his audience confidently, his body is standing strong, chest out, using his trademark constant hand gestures.

"When a joke gets a big laugh, Jimmy stops and laughs along – which shows that he's feeling at ease and secure."

The body language expert added: "Jimmy typically uses his hands a lot when he talks, which is a sign of a great communicator, using his entire body to convey a message or a joke.

"His hand gestures are generally quite delicate and gentle which shows that he's a gentle person, not looking to insult but to entertain.

"Nothing in his delivery suggests that he is nervous or worried – the audience are loving him, laughing heartily, and he is loving them for loving him."

In the joke, Jimmy also said that anyone hoping to get on-stage to confront him would have to get through his "friends", giving nods to Michelle Yeoh, Andrew Garfield, Pedro Pascal and Michael B Jordan to name a few.


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