Oscars 2018: Jimmy Kimmel takes aim at Harvey Weinstein in monologue

Jimmy Kimmel pulled no punches in his Oscars opening monologue, refusing to shy away from Hollywood's recent sexual harassment scandal. 

The entertainment industry has been rocked by a wave of allegations against powerful men in the year since the previous Academy Awards, which were also hosted by Kimmel. 

The two-time host had no trouble mentioning the elephant in the room by name, mentioning that Harvey Weinstein had been expelled from the Academy. 

He said the consequences for such predators were "way overdue".

"We can't let bad behaviour slide anymore. The world is watching."

He mentioned the #MeToo and #TimesUp movements, and claimed that the gold Oscar statuette is now the "most beloved and respected man in Hollywood". 

"[He] keeps his hands where you can see them, never says a rude word, and most importantly - no penis at all. He is literally a statue of limitations. 

"That's the kind of man we need more of in this town."

Watch the full monologue below. 

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