A year later, and we still can't quite let this whole Adele Dazeem thing go (wink, wink, nudge nudge "Frozen") -- and neither can original name-bungler John Travolta, it would seem.
After trying to make amends for epically fumbling Idina Menzel's name at the Oscars in 2014 (hot tip, John: prolonged chin-holding with the appearance of going in for a kiss on national TV is not the most popular road to forgiveness), Travolta went on Jimmy Kimmel's aftershow and finally, a year later, tried to clear up exactly how he managed to bungle Menzel's name so badly.
Long story short, it was all sexy, sexy Goldie Hawn's fault.
Long story medium length, the page sent to fetch Travolta was stuck in an elevator, sexy Goldie Hawn distracted Travolta from doing his one job, and a phonetic pronunciation in the script led to Travolta phonetically effing it all up. Never underestimate the effect that "loving up" Goldie Hawn can have on a person, is the moral of the story.
"As I'm backstage, I run into Goldie Hawn," Travolta explained. "Now Goldie Hawn is charismatic, sexy, beautiful, got this amazing thing. And I was starstruck! I'm starstruck, hugging and loving her up, and forgetting that I have to go do this bit and they say, 'you're on.' And I say, 'Goldie, we'll talk, you going to the parties? OK, see you then.' They say, 'by the way, we've changed Idina's name to a phonetic spelling,' and I'm like but, but what do you mean -- go!"
He continued: "It was phonetic spelling, but I didn't rehearse it that way."
How...how did you rehearse it, John? How were you saying it before? What?
And, since every terribly embarrassing, nationally televised cloud has a silver lining, Goldie Hawn's distracting "amazing thing" is the reason Menzel has found success in her career. Let him "explain."
"The beautiful news is -- and Idina actually agrees -- is that she's had like one of the best years of her life and her career, and she gives me credit!" Travolta said.