Were you amused by Oscar host Jimmy Kimmel surprising a busload of tourists by having them suddenly on TV during the Oscars?
Did you find that one guy Kimmel obsessed on – Gary Alan Coe is his name – who kissed the hands of Halle Berry and Nicole Kidman, then was “married” to his fiancee by Denzel Washington, to be especially entertaining?
Well, read this segment from Shekhar Bhatia’s article for London’s Daily Mail, and see how you feel:
The man who stole the show at the Oscars as ‘Gary from Chicago’ was convicted of attempted rape and served more than 22 years in prison, DailyMail.com reveals.
Gary Alan Coe and his fiancee Vickie Vines were part of the group of tourists Jimmy Kimmel invited inside the Dolby Theater during the ceremony Sunday night, gaining instant celebrity.
Gary, a native of the South Shore of Chicago, was only able to attend the ceremony because he had been released three days beforehand, he told ABC7.
DailyMail.com can disclose that one of those felonies is attempted rape, for which Coe, 59, is a registered sex offender. He was jailed in October 1994, public records show.
Still impressed? Entertained?
The story goes on to say that Coe claims to have “found religion” in prison. Whether it is true, and what it means, is up to us to figure out.
In any case, this is what happens when a host decides to wise-ass his way through a show. He had no idea who would come through those doors, and this is who he clearly favored.
That leaves the Warren Beatty/Faye Dunaway fiasco – announcing the wrong winner for Best Picture – in the dust…
…along with Jimmy Kimmel’s career as an Oscar host, you would think – although, this being the Hollywood set – it might enhance his chances for next year.
Maybe then he can have an axe murderer brought in.