David Letterman calls Tom Cruise’s no-show excuse for Oscar no-show ‘nonsense’ – Deadline

Where was Tom Cruise?

That was David Letterman’s burning question to Oscar host Jimmy Kimmel when he performed last night Jimmy Kimmel Live!

And the former late night The host didn’t buy the official apology.

“We don’t know where Tom Cruise was,” Kimmel replied to Letterman’s question. “We’ve heard production issues.”

Said Letterman, “What does that mean? This is nonsense.”

Despite six Oscar nominations for loner (and a win for Sound) Cruise didn’t attend Sunday’s awards ceremony, opting out due to scheduling conflicts. His absence soon fueled rumors that he was afraid of Scientology jokes and/or meeting ex-wife Nicole Kidman. (He needn’t have worried about the former—Kimmel’s only clue was a tame clue to a shirtless Cruise who was “L. Ron Hubba Hubba”).

Kimmel sided with Letterman A risky venture excuse of the actor. “It’s very non-specific,” he said. “But we have no idea what happened,” adding, “It seems like he should have been there but he wasn’t there. Maybe he felt like he wasn’t going to win, so he didn’t want to come.”

When Kimmel called Cruise “the Prince of Hollywood,” Letterman shot back, “More on the power of your success. If it weren’t for Mr. Big Shot, the show would never have been more successful. Have a good trip, Jimmy.”

Letterman also had a few questions about Cocaine Bear’s Oscar performance, specifically who was in the hilariously bad costume. Kimmel has claimed Will Smith’s former music partner DJ Jazzy Jeff was in the fur suit.

“I know full well that’s a lie,” Letterman said. “I know it wasn’t Jazzy Jeff.”

“It was,” said an unconvincing Kimmel. “It was DJ Jazzy Jeff. Did you see him?”

“It could have been me,” Letterman replied. “Why wasn’t it me?”

Watch the interview above.


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