“I’ve been beating myself up all day,” the actor, who introduced the Tony-winning actress as “Adele Dazeem” during this year’s Academy Awards, said in a statement via his publicist. “Then I thought … what would Idina Menzel say, She’d say, Let it go, let it go!”
He added, “Idina is incredibly talented and I am so happy Frozen took home two Oscars Sunday night!”
Despite the embarrassing slip, Travolta’s name fail has become an overnight viral hit, spawning parody Twitter accounts, a name generator, and even tongue-in-cheek jokes from the Broadway community. According to E! News, Menzel thought the Adele Dazeem mishap was a hoot.
“She laughed it off,” the source told the website. “She thought it was so funny. She was like, ‘What are you going to do?'”