Jimmy Kimmel to tread lightly with Harvey Weinstein jokes at Oscars

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Jimmy Kimmel will be treading lightly with wisecracks about Harvey Weinstein at next year’s Oscars, noting some of his victims may be present at the event.

When Jimmy Kimmel returns to host the Oscars in the 2018 ceremony in March, don’t expect him to say too much about Harvey Weinstein. But the man has a very good reason for it.

According to PageSix.com, Kimmel has no interest in protecting Weinstein, and may indeed target him at the 2018 Oscars. We might hear a wisecrack or two, but there probably won’t be any extended rants, or too much time spent on the issue.

Reason being, says Kimmel, is that many of the attendees may have been victimized by Weinstein in the past, and it doesn’t make sense to bring back any bad memories for people on what should be a wonderful night for them. “It’s not really a laughing matter,” Kimmel comments on the mounting accusations of sexual assault and harassment against the fallen mogul.

But Kimmel also mentions that the Oscars are still a bit far out, with several months to go before they air. It’s too hard to say exactly what he will be joking about on the show, given that it’s so far away as of this point. “It’s hard to figure out what we’re going to say on the next show, let alone in March,” Kimmel explains. “There might not be an Oscars, because North Korea may have struck the Dolby Theatre.”

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The Oscars won’t be happening until March, but for now, you can keep up with Kimmel on Jimmy Kimmel Live. The show airs weeknights at 11:35 PM EST on ABC.