Jimmy Kimmel kicked off Thursday’s episode of “Jimmy Kimmel Live” by, of course, talking about the biggest news of the day, the death of Queen Elizabeth II of Great Britain at the age of 96.
And during his monologue, Kimmel wondered if her death might have happened now because of the messy drama surrounding the movie “Don’t Worry Darling” and the whole “spitgate” involving two of the movie’s co-stars, Chris Pine and Harry Styles. You can watch it all above now, but we’re breaking it down below.
Now, we assume most of you know what we’re talking about, but just in case, “Don’t Worry Darling” is a thriller directed by Olivia Wilde, starring Florence Pugh, Pine and Styles. Over the summer, there has been a huge amount of gossip about behind-the-scenes drama, such as whether or not Pugh is actively distancing himself from the film — possibly due to the conflict over the relationship between Wilde and Styles that began during filming.
The film premiered at the Venice Film Festival this week, and during the premiere, social media lit up over a video that appeared to show Styles spitting on Pine at the premiere. Both actors have vehemently denied that any such thing happened and have expressed respect for each other. Nevertheless, many people are not convinced. You can read more here.
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Anyway, back to Kimmel.
“Queen Elizabeth II died aged 96 today. I hope you don’t just find out. She was the Queen for 70 years, longer than any monarch in British history,” he said as he began the monologue.
“To put it in perspective for Americans, it would be like if Kris Jenner died here. The Queen is known as the rock of England. And we don’t have a rock in America. The closest thing we have to a rock in America is The Rock,” he continued.
“But 96 — that’s a pretty good run. I feel like if you die anywhere on the FM radio dial, it’s… My goal is to get to Hot 97 or maybe even Power 106! Who knows,” Kimmel said and mentioned a few very large radio stations.
“When you think of all the people the Queen has met over the last 70 years, it’s truly remarkable. She met everyone from Lady Bird Johnson to Lady Gaga. From Bill Clinton to Will I Am. She met JFK and J- LO. She’s met The Beatles and the Spice Girls. She’s met The Iron Lady and The Iron Throne. Ol’ Blue Eyes and the Blue Man Group. President Truman and The Truman Show. She stood up to fascists… and she stood behind them ,” Kimmel added as images of her various encounters were shown on screen.
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“And then, after all those years, this week, she saw Harry Styles spit on Chris Pine,” Kimmel joked. And said ‘OK. I have had enough.’”
“So we’re sending positive thoughts to our friends in the UK and also to all the American aunties who are obsessed with the royal family for reasons I’ll never understand,” Kimmel concluded.