Jimmy Kimmel Cheats Death: Oscars Prop Crashed On Stage Hours Before Show

Feb. 28 2017, Updated 3:43 p.m. ET

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Hours before the 89th Academy Awards began live on air, a prop came crashing down onto the stage. Jimmy Kimmel addressed the mishap — perhaps a bad omen of what was to come — on his talk show Monday, revealing that he could've lost his life!

The 49-year-old shared with the audience that he had stepped off stage just moments before the fall, which was so loud that many of those present at the rehearsal thought a bomb had gone off.

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But, always in good humor, Kimmel added that he could've been the first Oscars host in history to appear in the In Memoriam portion of the show on the same night.

"Someone easily could've been crushed," he confessed. "The envelope mixup for Best Picture was a distant second in the disaster category."

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Shortly before the Oscars kicked off, the Academy released a statement on the matter.

"During a rehearsal of tonight's 89th Oscars, a part of the set was knocked over. No one was onstage at the time and thankfully no one was hurt. The set was quickly repaired and will not impact tonight's show. We're looking forward to celebrating our nominees on this exciting night."

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