The recurring “Celebrities Read Mean Tweets” bit on “Jimmy Kimmel Live” is a good one. Watching stars (mostly) laugh off the harsh stuff people say about them on social media is a reliable source of comedy.
During the Academy Awards red-carpet show on ABC Sunday (March 2), however, Kimmel extended the bit by literally going through a screen and “confronting” some of those cold-hearted tweeters. It did not go over especially well.
Kimmel was promoting his post-Oscars special with Lara Spencer and said he was out to avenge her for some of the snarky comments she’d been getting. Except once he went through the proverbial looking glass, he confronted a cheap, lame stereotype of middle America — a shabbily dressed overweight couple, the woman’s fingers covered in cheese-puff dust. It was both not very funny and a little weird, as if he was enacting some lost script for The CW’s “H8R.”
The Oscar-night edition of “JKL” is usually a treat. Let’s hope he’s saving some better bits for the show itself.