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Jimmy Kimmel Made A Gross Joke About Robert Downey Jr. At The Oscars, And RDJ Looked Beyond Uncomfortable

Jimmy Kimmel made a joke at the expense of Robert Downey Jr. in his Oscars monologue, and it was beyond uncomfortable to watch.

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Robert has been sober since 2003, after a tumultuous life with drugs that began at age 6 when he was given drugs by his father. If his recovery weren't impressive enough, he's also nominated for Best Supporting Actor for his outstanding work in Oppenheimer.

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When speaking about the success of Oppenheimer, Jimmy began by suggesting that director Christopher Nolan worked without an internet connection to avoid his "porn addiction."

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"Congratulations to [Cillian Murphy's] costar Robert Downey Jr. This is the highest point of Robert Downey Jr.'s career," Jimmy began.

Closeup of Robert Downey Jr. in the audience at the Oscars
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After a pause, he added, "Well, one of the highest points."

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Robert initially smiled and tapped his nose, as tense laughter rang out through the auditorium.

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Costar Emily Blunt then reached across to touch Robert's shoulders, as he looked mildly uncomfortable:

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Noticing his nose tapping, Jimmy continued, "Was that too on the nose or was that a drug motion you made?"

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RDJ then motioned "wrap it up" and mouthed, "keep it going" back, looking increasingly awkward as the camera stayed on him.

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Closeup of Robert Downey Jr.
Closeup of Robert Downey Jr.
Closeup of Robert Downey Jr.

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Jimmy did keep it going, but still stuck to Robert: "Look at this guy, he's so handsome, so talented. He's won every award there is to win. Is that an acceptance speech in your pocket or do you just have a very rectangular penis?"

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Robert then deadpanned the camera, before shrugging.

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SURELY that would be enough, but no, Jimmy continued, "Not even 20 years ago, things weren't going that great for Robert. He played the villain and, correct me if I have this wrong, in a movie where Tim Allen turns into a dog?" At this point, Robert looked visibly irate:

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Closeup of Robert Downey Jr.
Closeup of Robert Downey Jr.
Closeup of Robert Downey Jr.

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"If you ever decide to remake that film, I have just the guy to play Tim Allen," Kimmel added, before the camera panned to the dog Messi from Anatomy of a Fall. "Messi has an overdose scene, if you've seen it, you know it is incredible."

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All I have to say is, as someone who is two years sober, if someone brought up my low points from over two decades ago at the freaking Oscars, I would be livid.

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