John Travolta: 'Beating myself up' over name flub at Oscars

Actor John Travolta at the Oscars.
Actor John Travolta at the Oscars.Kevin Winter / Getty Images

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By Maria Elena Fernandez and Phil Helsel

Oscar viewers have been waiting since Sunday to hear from John Travolta about his now infamous flub of singer Idina Menzel's name as she took the stage to perform "Let it Go."

In a statement released through his publicist on Tuesday, Travolta explained ... sort of.

"I’ve been beating myself up all day. Then I thought ... what would Idina Menzel say, She'd say, Let it go, let it go! Idina is incredibly talented and I am so happy Frozen took home two Oscars Sunday night!”

Menzel's song, from the Oscar-winning animated film "Frozen," won the best original song award. To many, it sounded like Travolta introduced her as "Adela Dazeem." One Twitter user immediately set up a fake account for that name. Another heard Adele Nazim and promptly set up a fake account for that. 

The debate continued on Monday, as Twitter users tossed out theories — is dyslexia to blame? Did the teleprompter betray him? Slate offered a chance for others to keep Menzel company and Travoltify their own names. 

Of course, late-night hosts chimed in, too.

The one person who took the high road was Menzel herself. On her own Twitter feed, she never addressed the hubbub. Instead, she was gracious.


And, when she appeared on "The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon" on Monday night, she did what the Broadway star does best: she sang.