Was John Cena Actually Naked Behind the Oscars Envelope?

The producers of this year’s Oscars were walking on eggshells. They were scared stiff—not just of a fine from the FCC but also of viewer complaints. So, they went to great lengths to ensure John Cena’s, um, peacemaker stayed off the primetime screen. All the while, they kept up the illusion that Cena was completely in the buff behind that envelope.

The idea was a cheeky nod to the streaker from 50 years ago at the Academy Awards. Cena, having second thoughts about presenting the award for Costuming sans clothes, was a central part of the bit. Oscars host Jimmy Kimmel managed to coax Cena onto the stage. There, the super-buff actor and former wrestler “wore” nothing but the envelope with the winner’s name. Oh, and some Birkenstocks.

Speaking to our sister site Variety, Rob Mills spilled the beans. He’s the EVP of Unscripted and Alternative Entertainment for Walt Disney Television. Mills shared the nitty-gritty on how they dressed Cena to keep Standards & Practices from having a meltdown.

“A bulge cannot be showing, and you can’t show crack,” Mills laid it out plain and simple. They were also sweating over the “What if he drops that card?” scenario. So, they made Cena look like a Ken doll up front. His backside was covered, and the envelope was Velcro’d on to avoid any mishaps. But, technically, he was naked.

Despite all this, Standards & Practices had made it crystal clear. It had to be blatantly obvious that Cena was not actually naked. Oscars executive producer Molly McNearney, who also works on Kimmel’s late-night show, told Variety about the final consensus. They found a middle ground where everyone was comfortable. The comedy wasn’t compromised one bit.

McNearney was relieved they didn’t have to resort to tighty whities. She figured legal would have preferred that. TVLine readers gave this year’s Oscars telecast a solid “B” rating. Kimmel’s monologue got a “B,” while Billie Eilish’s “What Was I Made For?” performance earned an “A.” Ryan Gosling’s “I’m Just Ken” performance? That one scored an “A+.”

Mason Messick
Mason Messick
Mason Messick is a writer and television enthusiast. He has been covering the world of TV for 5 years and has a particular passion for drama series. Mason's engaging writing style has made him a valuable member of the Tonight.TV website team.


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