Tracee Ellis Ross took over hosting duties for Jimmy Kimmel on Tuesday night and it was nothing short of epic. In case you missed it, here are the top five moments from the big night.
During Ross’ opening monologue, the black-ish star tackled sexual assault in Hollywood, an issue that has been an sensitive yet important conversation in recent months.
“There is something I wanted to talk about tonight, and that’s the Hollywood sexual harassment scandal. First of all, let’s start with the fact that it isn’t a sex scandal. It isn’t a Hollywood scandal. It isn’t even a scandal. It is a systemic problem about the abuse of power that takes place across all industries and has enabled a culture of inequity to persist for far too long,” she said. “Over the past few months, countless brave women have come forward to share their experiences. While I’m not totally surprised by these stories, it seems like quite a few men are.”
“Treating another human being with respect isn’t complicated, but it seems a bit confusing for a lot of men out there. So, I wrote a book,” Ross explained. “It’s kind of like a children’s book, for men, that is going to make this really simple and just bring it back to the basics. So…Listen up, fellas!”
Reading from a book she continued:
“There is a guy with 10 long fingers, creepy glares and hugs that linger. If you’re a woman, you’re not a fan. I speak, of course, of The Handsy Man, Handsy Man, based on the news, you seem to be a bit confused. Listen, and I’ll explain to you all the things you may not do. You may not compliment my butt. You may not call me ‘ho’ or ‘slut.’ And even if you’re stoned or drunk, do not expose me to your junk. And if I am your employee, don’t rest your hand upon my knee. No, I won’t sit on your lap. I shouldn’t have to say this crap. You cannot smell my hair, you creep, or grab my boobs while I’m asleep. I do not want a back massage. Did you follow me into the parking garage? I do not like you, Handsy Man. You’re not allowed to touch my can. Not on a plane. Not on a train. Not on your boat. Not in a moat. Not in a tree. Not by the sea. Not in your mansion. Help me, Chris Hansen.”
In an interview with Mary J. Blige, Ross fanned out hard … so much so, she seemingly failed to get to the point of the interview. Which was to talk about Mary’s new movie, Mudbound.
As Tracee prepped for the show, the actress relied on Jimmy’s sidekick, Guillermo, to help ease her anxiety.