Jimmy Kimmel’s Sunday night Oscars monologue was quite the spectacle. He suffered a few slip-ups, like making fun of the name of the Best Supporting Actor winner, Mahershala Ali, which some saw as racially insensitive. And while he may have made a few silly blunders, he wasn’t the goat of the show, as the Best Picture debacle stole the evening.
However, Kimmel and his writers are being put on blast by fans of a few comedians, who claim he stole jokes.
At one point in the show, Kimmel thanked the crowd for the “sitting ovation,” a joke that a “30 Rock” writer claims he used years ago. On his Instagram, he uploaded a picture of himself with the caption, “I first did that joke years ago. Even made it into a hat and wore it on 30 Rock.”
A lot of critics, including writers at the Boston Globe and Elle, drew similarities between Kimmel stating that Andrew Garfield’s weight loss was “an astonishing physical transformation that hasn’t been attempted since every actress in every role ever,” and a joke told by Tina Fey and Amy Poehler during the 2014 Golden Globes.
Kimmel and his writing team have not responded to the accusations, but it’s likely that he won’t be remembered as a joke thief for a few accidental similarities. And that’s certainly a good thing for the late-night host, as all comedy junkies remember the downfall of Carlos Mencia after he was accused of stealing jokes.