PASADENA, Calif. — On Sunday, Golden Globes host Seth Meyers joked that disgraced producer Harvey Weinstein would “be back in 20 years when he becomes the first person ever booed in the In Memoriam.”
Jimmy Kimmel isn’t willing to go that far.
“Who’s to say that Harvey Weinstein is going to be alive in two months?” he said Monday, when a reporter at the Television Critics Association’s winter meetings asked the ABC late-night show star about planning the jokes for the Oscars, which he’ll host for the second time on March 4.
As reporters laughed, he added, “That wasn’t a joke.”
Kimmel gave Meyers high marks for his Golden Globes performance, noting that he felt at least one of Sunday’s jokes, in which he likened himself to “the first dog shot into space,” was meant for him. “I do thank him for being that litmus test.”
I asked him what he’d thought when jokes about President Trump proved few and far between on Sunday night.
“I think [Meyers] did the right thing. You can’t force things in, and what people were talking about last night was what he commented on, and I think that’s always the way to go,” Kimmel said.