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New Rule: You Can't Say A Billion People Watch The Academy Awards Until a Billion Start Watching

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Dear LAist,

On Sunday both Ellen DeGeneres and Vice President Gore said something along the lines of there being a billion people watching the Oscar broadcast. When the Neilson (sic) ratings came out it said that only 37 million Americans watched the program. Did 963 million foreigners really watch that show the other night? If they did, I now understand why they let that guy speak Italian for what seemed forever.

- TF, Highland Park

Dear TF,

I remember the Oscar moments you're referring to:

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"I'll tell you what you should worry about -- there's a billion people watching right now," Ellen kidded the nominees. Later Mr. Gore also used the b-word in a joke, "even though I honestly had not planned on doing this, I guess with a billion people watching, it's as good a time as any".

I hate to break this to you, but while the former VP may be right on the money about global warming, he is off by a few hundred million when it comes to how many people outside the US watch the Academy Awards.

And our favorite lesbian talk show host was wrong too.