Chris Rock

Jimmy Kimmel's tourists and the danger of awards-show stunts

Jimmy Kimmel's tourists and the danger of awards-show stunts

Hollywood is often accused of existing in its own bubble that bears little resemblance to the world at large. So when it comes to the film industry’s biggest night, it’s no surprise that hosts of the Academy Awards often go to great lengths to prove it’s just like the rest of America.

Jimmy Kimmel, host of Sunday’s Oscars, put his own spin on this trend by setting up a stunt that tricked a busload of Tinseltown tourists into stumbling into the Dolby Theatre with the ceremony already in progress.

His stunt wasn’t exactly new, though. In 2014, host Ellen DeGeneres had an unsuspecting delivery man distribute pizza in the auditorium — and he ended up with a $1,000 tip for his...

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