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John Travolta 'beating self up' over Oscar name mangle

Published on Mar 5, 2014 10:12 AM
John Travolta speaking onstage during the Oscars at the Dolby Theatre on March 2, 2014, in Hollywood, California.  -- FILE PHOTO: AFP

LOS ANGELES (AFP) - John Travolta said on Tuesday that he has been feeling terrible over his much-ridiculed Oscars mangling of singer Idina Menzel's name - but concluded she would want him to Let it Go.

The actor triggered a storm of online mockery - including an app to "Travoltify" your own name - after mispronouncing the star's name as he introduced her performance of the Oscar-winning song Let it Go from Disney hit Frozen.

The Grease and Saturday Night Fever star inexplicably called her "the wickedly talented, one and only... Adele Dazeem", at the 86th Academy Awards on Sunday.

"I've been beating myself up all day," Travolta said in a statement released by his publicist. "Then I thought... what would Idina Menzel say, She'd say, Let it go, let it go!"

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