By Esther Zuckerman
March 03, 2015 at 04:40 PM EST
Douglas Gorenstein/NBC

On The Tonight Show Monday night, Jimmy Fallon made Terrence Howard explain just what happened at the Oscars when his presenting duties went awry. According to Howard, he was felled by a mixture of overconfidence, forgetting to wear a belt, and Oprah-related distraction. Howard thought he could one-up all the other presenters by memorizing his bit. 

“I got this memorized, I’ve worked 18 hours to work this out, I’m about to kill it, I’m about to kill it, and I get out there,” he pauses. “There’s Oprah. Hi, Oprah.” 

Really, when you put it that way, who can blame him?