A year after John Travolta’s flub her round the world, the actor finally set the record straight as to why he mangled Idina Menzel’s name so badly when introducing her at the 2014 Oscars. His explanation will surprise you and, spoiler alert, it involves Goldie Hawn!
Long live Adele Dazeem! At the Oscars on Feb. 22, John Travolta got to take part in a moment of redemption with Idina Menzel, the actress and singer whose name John very famously mispronounced at the awards show the year prior. And, following their moment together on the broadcast, John sat down with Jimmy Kimmel and explained, once and for all, how exactly Idina became Adele. You have gotta hear this!
John Travolta’s Adele Dazeem Explanation
Thanks a lot, Goldie Hawn!
Okay, we should explain. Following the 2015 Oscars, John dropped by Jimmy Kimmel Live to finally explain to everyone how exactly Idina Menzel was turned into Adele Dazeem. And, yup, his answer involves Goldie!
Discussing the infamous night in 2014, John said that “as I got backstage I ran into Goldie Hawn. Now Goldie Hawn is charismatic, sexy, beautiful…and I was starstruck.” However, the excuses don’t stop there.
Just before John stepped on stage, the producers told him, “‘oh, by the way, we’ve changed Idina’s name to phonetic spelling,’ so I go out there and I get to her thing and I go ‘hm?’ And in my mind I’m going, ‘what is that name?'”
Jimmy, not missing a beat, quickly deduces the final outcome. “So this was Goldie Hawn’s fault,” he says. “I would never forgive her.”
The Past Is In The Past
Though John is still mocked pretty mercilessly online for the screwup, there truly seems to be no bad blood between he and Idina. In fact, during this year’s show, the two actually poked fun at the moment and even presented an award together!
Idina took to the stage first before introducing “my dear friend, Glom Gazingo,” finally getting her sweet revenge. John spoke for us all when he said, “I deserve that.”
Yeah ya do, John! It was a fantastic, full-circle moment of redemption between the two (however, we could have done without John’s awkward rubbing of Idina’s chin and, judging by her face, we’d say she could have as well).
What do you think of John’s explanation of the gaff?
— Casey Mink