Jimmy Kimmel’s “Insulting” Joke On Robert Downey Jr.’s Dark Past.

The Oscars, host Jimmy Kimmel, renowned for his quick wit and sharp humor, took a surprising turn by delving into a sensitive chapter of first-time Oscar winner Robert Downey Jr.’s life. The evening began with Kimmel roasting the Academy for overlooking ‘Barbie’ director Greta Gerwig and scolding the audience for not voting Gerwig into the Best Director category. However, it was Kimmel’s next move that caused a significant stir. In a bold attempt at humor, Kimmel fired a joke at Robert Downey Jr., referencing the actor’s previous battles with substance abuse. The audacious comment aimed to poke fun at Downey’s dark past.

This is the highest point of Robert Downey Jr.’s long and illustrious career — well, one of the highest points

Jimmy Kimmel on Robert Downey Jr.

The immediate reaction was captured live; as the camera panned to Downey, he responded with a gesture, touching his nose, while his Oppenheimer co-star Emily Blunt was seen laughing and patting him on the shoulders.

Robert Downey Jr’s Reaction

Kimmel, not missing a beat, doubled down with,

“Is that too on-the-nose, or is that a drug motion you’re making?”

Jimmy Kimmel on Robert Downey Jr.

Downey retorted with a rolling motion of his fingers, leaving the audience to wonder whether he was playing along or genuinely taken aback. It did not sit well with a vast majority of Downey’s fans. The reaction on social media was swift, with fans expressing their disappointment and pointing out that such sensitive topics shouldn’t be the fodder for public jokes, especially considering Downey’s efforts to move past his struggles.

The incident at the Oscars serves as a reminder of the fine line comedians and hosts walk between sarcasm and sensitivity.

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