Jimmy Kimmel admitted he had no idea what was going on during the Oscars stuff-up.
Jimmy Kimmel admitted he had no idea what was going on during the Oscars stuff-up. Richard Shotwell

Jimmy Kimmel opens up about Oscars stuff-up

COMEDIAN Jimmy Kimmel has attempted to explain what went wrong during the epic Oscars Best Picture stuff-up.

Kimmel hosted Monday's Academy Awards, during which La La Land was wrongly announced as Best Picture ahead of Moonlight.

On ABC's Jimmy Kimmel Live, Kimmel gave his version of where everything went awry.

"I don't know if you know this, but I hosted the Oscars last night ... Except for the end it was a lot of fun," he said as he opened the show.

"We were chugging along and then all of sudden it turned into a one of those Maury Povich paternity test shows. It was the weirdest TV finale since 'Lost.'"

Kimmel said the incident, for which accounting firm PricewaterCooper took the blame, was as surreal for him as it was for everyone in the audience and the billions watching around the world.

Presenter Warren Beatty shows the envelope with the actual winner for best picture as host Jimmy Kimmel, left, looks on at the Oscars on Sunday, Feb. 26, 2017, at the Dolby Theatre in Los Angeles. The winner was originally announced as La La Land, but was later corrected to Moonlight.
Presenter Warren Beatty shows the envelope with the actual winner for best picture as host Jimmy Kimmel, left, looks on at the Oscars on Sunday, Feb. 26, 2017, at the Dolby Theatre in Los Angeles. The winner was originally announced as La La Land, but was later corrected to Moonlight. Chris Pizzello

"The plan is for me to end the show from the audience in a seat next to Matt Damon, who I want to make no mistake about whatever confusion there was about who won, Matt Damon lost," Kimmel said of the actor he poked fun at throughout the night.

So we're sitting there and you just kind of figure, 'oh, you know, the host will go on stage and clear this up' and then I remember 'oh I am the host.'"

Kimmel said he thought of telling La La Land producers to run out with the award as confusion reigned as to what was going on, he was "standing there like an idiot feeling bad for these guys, but also trying really hard not to laugh."

A backstage chat with Warren Beaty, who opened the wrong envelope, revealed to Kimmel what went down.

"When you do a show like this you're not just a host, you're also the lead detective," he said. "Warren Beatty could be in prison right now if I wanted."

Known for his gags, Kimmel said people came up to him after the ceremony and asked if he was responsible for the stuff-up.

"If I pulled a prank, by the way, I wouldn't have just had the wrong winners in the envelope when they opened it there would have been a 'Bed, Bath, and Beyond' coupon," he said.

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