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Host Jimmy Kimmel offers Lake Havasu trip for shortest Oscars speech

Mar 4, 2018, 8:01 PM | Updated: Mar 5, 2018, 11:02 am
Host Jimmy Kimmel speaks at the Oscars on Sunday, March 4, 2018, at the Dolby Theatre in Los Angele...
Host Jimmy Kimmel speaks at the Oscars on Sunday, March 4, 2018, at the Dolby Theatre in Los Angeles. (Photo by Chris Pizzello/Invision/AP)
(Photo by Chris Pizzello/Invision/AP)

PHOENIX — Oscars host Jimmy Kimmel first dangled an $18,000 jet ski as an award to whomever gave the award show’s shortest acceptance speech.

That wasn’t the only carrot dangled to keep the primetime show moving along quickly, but an additional reward took what some perceived as a jab at one of Arizona’s more well-known vacation spots.

Later in the Oscars awards show on Sunday evening, Kimmel added a complementary item to that jet ski — a trip to stay at the Days Inn in Lake Havasu City, Ariz.

“We’re sweetening the pot,” Kimmel said as a fake Lake Havasu tourism ad played.

Apparently, not everyone appreciated the joke by Kimmel, who probably knows Lake Havasu City having attended Arizona State University.

Former “Jeopardy” heavyweight Ken Jennings came to Arizona’s defense.

The reaction after the slight sent Lake Havasu City’s way ranged from agreement to anger.

On top of that, there were people who just didn’t know that Lake Havasu is a real place.

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Host Jimmy Kimmel offers Lake Havasu trip for shortest Oscars speech