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David Letterman Ponders Tom Cruise’s Absence from Oscars

Letterman asked Jimmy Kimmel about Cruise’s decision to skip the show.

During the 2023 Academy Awards earlier this week, the hit film Top Gun: Maverick was nominated for six of the awards, including potential awards for its star, A-list actor Tom Cruise. In spite of these prestigious honors, Cruise himself was not seen at the ceremony, leading some to wonder where he was. On Thursday night’s episode of Jimmy Kimmel Live!, television personality David Letterman asked Kimmel, who hosted the Oscars this year, for the story.

“Here’s something that’s a little sensitive: Tom Cruise,” Letterman said. “Where was Tom Cruise?”

“We don’t know where Tom Cruise was,” Kimmel replied. “We heard production issues.”

“What does that mean?” Letterman asked. “That’s nonsense.”

“Exactly. It’s very non-specific,” Kimmel said. “But we have no idea what happened.”

“It seems like he should’ve been there, but he was not there,” Kimmel continued. “Maybe he feels like he wasn’t going to win so he didn’t want to come.”

“But between you and me, he should have been there right?” Letterman asked.

“Yeah of course,” Kimmel answered. “He’s the prince of Hollywood.”

“More to the power of your success,” Letterman added. “If Mr. Big Shot was not there, the show was still never more successful. Nice going, Jimmy.”

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