Golden Globes Host Jo Koy Responds to Backlash Over Taylor Swift and Barbie Jokes

Jo Koy took on the daunting task of hosting the 81st Golden Globe Awards and, after receiving mixed to scathing reviews for his debut hosting gig, the stand-up comedian is taking responsibility for certain jokes that may have fallen flat.

During an appearance on GMA3, via Deadline, Koy made it clear that he had a fun night hosting the show, but he did admit that it was a hard gig and a very tough room. The comedian said, “I’d be lying if [I said] it doesn’t hurt. I hit a little moment there where I was like, ‘Ahh.’ Hosting is just a tough gig. Yes, I am a stand-up comic but that hosting position is a different style. I kind of went in and did the whole writer’s thing...We just had 10 days to write this monologue. It was a crash course. I feel bad, but hey, I gotta still say I loved what I did.”


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Koy made a series of jokes during his monologue that didn’t seem to get a warm response from the crowd, particularly a jab regarding Taylor Swift, who was in attendance, and the camera constantly cutting to her at the Kansas City Chiefs games where she’s there cheering on her boyfriend, Travis Kelce. Koy said, “As you know, we came on after a football doubleheader. The big difference between the Golden Globes and the NFL? On the Golden Globes, we have fewer camera shots of Taylor Swift.” After he finished the joke, the camera cut to Eras Tour performer, who looked none too pleased with his attempt at humor.

Koy was asked what moment during the show probably went the most south, and he referred to the Swift joke by saying, “I think it was when the Taylor one was just a little flat. It was a weird joke, I guess. But it was more on the NFL. I was trying to make fun of the NFL using cutaways and how the Globes didn’t have to do that. So it was more a jab toward the NFL. But it just didn’t come out that way.”


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A Barbie Joke Wasn’t Well-Received

Another joke that didn’t read in the room or with many viewers at home who took to social media to critique his performance was his comments about Barbie. During the joke, Koy said, “Oppenheimer is based on a 721-page Pulitzer Prize-winning book about the Manhattan Project, and Barbie is on a plastic doll with big boobies. The key moment in Barbie is when she goes from perfect beauty to bad breath, cellulite, and flat feet. Or what casting directors call character actor!”

The joke didn’t land with the room at all and some of the stars in the room visibly grimaced, including Barbie co-stars Ryan Gosling and Issa Rae along with the film’s co-writer and director, Greta Gerwig. The joke itself seemed to shine a light on the underlying sexism that is addressed in the film in a more satirical fashion, but in a way that went against the message the film is trying to convey to the audience.

Despite the harsh reception, Koy admits that he had fun, and he’ll always remember the experience but, in reviewing himself, he said, “I wanted to give a little more of me, and I just felt I fell a little short. That’s all.”

Koy landed the Globes hosting gig pretty late in the game after several high-profile comedians turned down the chance to do it. Names that were reportedly floated around before Koy got the job were Chris Rock, Ali Wong, Will Arnett, Jason Bateman and Sean Hayes. Several reasons were given for the Hollywood Foreign Press Association having a difficult time landing a host, including a lack of prep time due to the end of the SAG-AFTRA coming late in the game and the HFPA’s past, which included accusations of a lack of diversity and inclusion in their organization.

Source: Deadline

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