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28/02/2018 17:46 GMT

Oscars Host Jimmy Kimmel Explains Why He Won't Reference #MeToo And Time's Up

'This show is not about reliving people’s sexual assaults.'

Comedian Jimmy Kimmel has said he will not be referencing the #MeToo and Time’s Up movements when he hosts the Oscars this weekend. 

The US chat show host has explained he will refrain from talking about the sexual harassment scandal that has engulfed Hollywood over the last few months, claiming he does not want to distress anyone in attendance. 

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Jimmy Kimmel is hosting the Oscars for the second consecutive year

Speaking to ABC, he said: “This show is not about reliving people’s sexual assaults.

“It’s an awards show for people who have been dreaming about maybe winning an Oscar for their whole lives.

“And the last thing I want to do is ruin that for someone who is, you know, nominated for Best Actress or Best Supporting or Best Director or Cinematographer, or whatever, by making it unpleasant.”

He concluded: ’I’m not going to... stop any bad behaviour with my jokes.”

However, that does not mean to say Jimmy, who is hosting the Academy Awards for the second year running, will refrain from making political jokes during the ceremony. 

He said it was “almost necessary now” for comedians to address “serious subjects”.

“A lot of people are going with this line of reasoning where they say, people in show business shouldn’t speak out about politics,” he said. 

“And yet... they elected Donald Trump the President of the United States. So I think that argument has pretty well jumped out the window.”

Last year, James Corden was forced to apologise for making a tone-deaf joke about Harvey Weinstein while hosting a charity gala. 

After being slammed on social media, he posted on Twitter: “To be clear, sexual assault is no laughing matter. I was not trying to make light of Harvey’s inexcusable behavior but to shame him, the abuser, not the victims. I am truly sorry for anyone offended, that was never my intention.” 

Over 50 women have come forward with allegations about the film producer, but he ha denied all allegations of “non-consensual sex”.