The two late night hosts had the same idea on Monday night, and who could blame them?
John Travolta‘s unintentionally hilarious botched lines on Sunday night led to several flawless comedic deliveries on Monday.
Along with Ellen DeGeneres‘ planned pizza and selfie bits, Travolta’s inexplicable flubbing of his introduction of “Let It Go” singer Idina Menzel’s name — he called her Adele Dazeem — dominated the post-Oscar internet conversation. Among other things, Slate started its own John Travolta name generator, and writers at two of the premier late night shows had the same idea, as well.
“Welcome to the ‘Tonight Show!’ I’m your host, Jimmy Fallon, or as John Travolta would call me, Jelan Fejallah,” was how Fallon opened Monday’s broadcast. “I actually felt bad for our pal John Travolta… I feel so bad because you could tell as he was saying it, he’s like, ‘This is not going to come out right at all. I’m just going to say sounds… When Idina Menzel heard that, she was like, ‘Let it go… Let it go…'”
O’Brien, in a monologue starting half an hour earlier, made a shorter version of the joke: