The Shmooze

John Travolta's Flowery Apology to Idina Menzel

By Anne Cohen

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When John Travolta apologizes, he does it properly.

After seriously butchering Idina Menzel’s name at the Oscars (in case you live under a rock, or you know, don’t have Internet, he called her “Adela Dazeem”), the 60-year-old actor reportedly sent a little gift to the Jewish Broadway star’s dressing room.

“He sent her a big, gorgeous bouquet of flowers to her dressing room,” a source told E!News. “It was HUGE. It was his apology to her.”

“It was clear he felt very bad about it,” the source added. “And by the size of the arrangement it was an obvious ‘forgive me please’ gesture.’”

The name flub launched a thousand memes, including a widget on Slate allowing readers to “Travoltify” their names.

I’ve been beating myself up all day,” the “Pulp Fiction” star said in a statement right after the snafu. “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 is now starring in “If/Then” on Broadway.


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