Jerrod Carmichael promised “a night of pleasure and devastation” and didn’t disappoint.
The Emmy-winning slapstick comedian took the stage as host of the eightieth Golden Globe Awards—following a yr off for the present amid varied controversies—and instantly introduced the celebratory temper down.
“I’m right here as a result of I’m Black,” he advised the viewers of celebrities point-blank. Carmichael defined that the present didn’t air in 2022 “as a result of the Hollywood International Press Affiliation—I gained’t say they have been a racist group, however they didn’t have a single Black member till George Floyd died, so do with what info what you’ll.”
When he received the decision to host the present, he mentioned he was stunned. “One minute you’re making mint tea at dwelling, the following you’re invited to be the Black face of an embattled white group,” he joked. Carmichael went on to open up concerning the “ethical, racial dilemma” he confronted, weighing the controversial resolution in opposition to the $500,000 he mentioned he was getting paid to do it.
As he spoke, the cutaways to celebrities within the viewers have been more and more uncomfortable, as everybody from Brad Pitt to Phoebe Waller-Bridge could possibly be seen squirming of their seats. Even Tracy Morgan didn’t crack a smile.
Casually taking a seat on the aspect of the stage, Carmichael advised the viewers that after he’d accepted the gig, he realized he may mainly do no matter he needed. “They have not had a Black host in 79 years, they’re going to fireplace the primary one?” he mentioned. I’m un-fireable.”
“I heard they received six new Black members. Congrats to them, no matter, positive, however that’s not why I’m right here,” he mentioned.
“I’m right here, actually, due to all of you. I look out into this room and I see loads of proficient individuals, those that I like, those that I wish to be like and those that I’m jealous of and folks which are really actually unbelievable artists. And no matter regardless of the Hollywood International Press Affiliation’s previous could also be, that is a night the place we get to have fun. And I feel this business deserves evenings like these and I’m completely satisfied you all are right here.”
It was a great distance from Ricky Gervais chugging beer and roasting Mel Gibson.
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