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Will Hillary Clinton Be At The Oscars?

| by Sheena Vasani

Will former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton make a cameo appearance at the annual Oscars on Feb. 26?

Oscars host Jimmy Kimmel, 49, says it's "possible," reports Variety.

"I'm not saying that to be coy. I'm saying that because I don't know."

If she does show up, it wouldn't be the first time a politician has helped Kimmel host an awards show.

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In 2016, Kimmel and Jeb Bush performed a pre-recorded sketch together for the Emmy Awards.

"I just pestered him until he had no choice," recalls Kimmel. "He said, 'All right, you maniac, I give up!'"

"I don't think it will be very political," Kimmel said, although he didn't rule it out completely.

"There will be some element of that to the show," added Kimmel. "A lot of it depends on what happens."

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However, Kimmel's wife -- and one of the Oscars writers on his team -- suggested that might depend on President Donald Trump's behavior.

"If Trump doesn't want to be on the broadcast, he has to be on his best behavior in the days leading up to it," Kimmel's wife, Molly McNearney, warned.

However, if they do get political, it is likely to provoke as much controversy as laughter.

The National Research Group reveals that 66 percent of Trump supporters say they stop watching awards shows if the speeches get political, notes The Hollywood Reporter.

Many of these same fans were as outraged at Trump during the Golden Globes after Meryl Streep criticized him for his behavior toward a disabled reporter.

"Someone he outranked in privilege, power and the capacity to fight back," said Streep in her speech, reports The Washington Post. "It kind of broke my heart when I saw it. I still can't get it out of my head because it wasn't in a movie. It was real life."

In response, Trump called her a "Hillary lover" who is overrated as an actress. He also denied mocking the disabled reporter.

However, it's not certain if Trump will respond the same way even if the Oscars night veers in a similar direction. 

White House Press Secretary Sean Spicer explains that Trump may not end up watching the show as he will be hosting a Governor's Ball with his wife.

"I think that is where the president and first lady will be focused on," he said.

Sources: VarietyThe Washington Post, The Hollywood Reporter / Photo credit: Monkeys Fighting Robots

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