After creeping around all night at the 2015 Oscars, John Travolta sat down with late-night host Jimmy Kimmel. The two discussed Travolta’s “Adele Dazeem” moment at last year’s show, and guess who Travolta blames for his epic mispronunciation? Goldie fucking Hawn.
First, Travolta played with Kimmel’s chin, mimicking what he did to poor Idina Menzel when the pair presented the Oscar for Best Original Song on Sunday night. He then explained why he messed up Menzel’s name in the first place. Before he went out, he wasn’t able to discuss his lines with one of the crew members. “As I get backstage, I run into Goldie Hawn,” Travolta said. “Now, Goldie Hawn is charismatic, sexy, beautiful. I was starstruck … hugging and loving her up.”
Travolta continued to say that before he went out to introduce Menzel, someone alerted him that they had changed the spelling of her name to a phonetic one. “So I go out there, and I get to her thing, and I go, ’Hmm?'” he said. “In my mind, I’m going, ’What is that name? I don’t know that name.’ It was phonetic spelling, but I didn’t rehearse it that way.” It all makes so much sense now. Travolta mispronounced Menzel’s name because he was mesmerized by the forever hot Goldie Hawn! At least Menzel has no hard feelings — Travolta also mentioned that she credits his Oscars gaffe with her having one of the best years of her career. Stay creepy, John.
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