John Travolta reveals what really happened during Taylor Swift VMAs mix up
At this year's MTV Video Music Awards, which aired live on Monday, Taylor Swift won the Video of the Year award for her You Need To Calm Down music video. The video in question featured a number of high-profile LGBTQ+ figures including former RuPaul's Drag Race contestant and Swift impersonator Jade Jolie.
When the 29-year-old was announced as the winner, much of the video's star-studded cast joined Swift on stage as she accepted the award.
Take a look at Swift's very sassy and thought-provoking acceptance speech for Video of the Year:
Anyone who watched it will know that there was a bit of confusion - considering the number of people on stage at one time - and that, as a result, Travolta appeared to almost hand Swift's VMA to drag queen, Jade Jolie, before realising his mistake and turning it into a side hug... awkward!
This is the moment Travolta appears to nearly hand Swift's award to Jade Jolie:
And what made the apparent error even more comical was that just moments before Travolta's co-presenter, Queen Latifah, announced Swift as the winner, the 65-year-old told Latifah, "I shouldn't do this! Because I'll just mispronounce shit and f**k it up. You do it. You do it" - a clear reference to the time he managed to completely mispronounce Idina Menzel as "Adele Dazeem" while presenting at the 86th Annual Academy Awards ceremony.
Relive the moment John Travolta completely butchers Idina Menzel's name, referring to her as "Adele Dazeem":
According to Travolta, though, he never actually thought Jolie was Swift. In fact, during an interview on Hot 93.3 in Dallas-Fort Worth on Thursday, The Fanatic star was, of course, asked about the supposed blunder.
He said: "There's so many people that bombarded the stage, that I was looking for [Swift]. So the video has me trying to find her, and you know, I thought it was so funny the way it was interpreted, and it was cool, I didn’t care."
"Sometimes I fantasize what if I had given it to [Jolie]? That would have been awesome," he laughed. "I should have just gone all the way with it."
To be fair, you can hardly blame us for assuming Travolta was capable of committing such a hilarious blunder - you know, considering his award presenting history.