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Common Explains What Happens When Oprah Wants To High Five And You Ignore Her

Don't try this at home.

Winning an Academy Award has to be an indescribably exciting moment. Even if you think you're going to win, it's still probably somewhat unexpected, and can't really be planned for, and controlling your emotions and actions can be difficult.

Let's take Common, for example.

Along with John Legend, Com won an Oscar earlier this month for Best Original Song for "Glory," from the movie "Selma," and in the heat of the moment, the Chicago native snubbed Oprah Winfrey -- who both produced and starred in the flick -- when she tried to snag a high five.

But, see, it wasn't on purpose (obviously).

"You're just so in the moment, that I saw David Oyelowo first, and I was going to him," Com explained on "Jimmy Kimmel Live." "I was wondering if Oprah was really facing John -- so I didn't know if this high five was for me or for John, so I just went safe."

Maybe that wasn't the safe move, though. It was pretty obvious Oprah was looking for some skin. The Nobody's Smiling rapper quickly smoothed it out, thankfully.

"I made sure I talked to her the next day. We talked the next day and it was like, 'You know I wasn't tryna play you out.'"

The lesson?

"Never leave Oprah hanging."