Kimmel has previously joked about running away had he been onstage at the time of Smith’s attack — but on Tuesday’s broadcast of Howard Stern’s Sirius XM radio show, the late night comedian struck a more serious tone.
“Oh, I would have went right out there. I wouldn’t have even waited for somebody to say something,” he said. “I would have went right out on stage because somebody needed to go out there at that time. And I think that was one of the drawbacks to having three hosts is it wasn’t clear who should go out there.”
Kimmel would have “started talking to Will Smith” and firstly asked him, “What are you doing?” he claimed.
Kimmel recalled how, when hosting the ceremony in 2017, he took it upon himself to go out on stage to address the erroneous announcement of “La La Land” as Best Picture over “Moonlight.”
“Nobody knew what was supposed to happen. No one told me to go out on stage. I said, ‘I guess I better go up because I’m the only one with a mic on…,’” he told Stern.
Watch Kimmel’s comments here:
Elsewhere in Kimmel’s interview with Stern, he revealed how the unexpected shape of the stage caused his pretend-drunk stunt at this year’s Emmy Awards to draw backlash:
He also recalled the time “Mission Impossible” actor Tom Cruise came to his home to watch football: