Jo Koy faced considerable criticism for his opening monologue at the Golden Globe Awards on January 7. Having taken on the hosting role on short notice, the comedian attributed the lackluster jokes to the writers, especially when his comments on Barbie’s “big boobies” and Robert De Niro becoming a father at age 79 garnered less-than-enthusiastic reactions from the audience. One particular joke about Taylor Swift seemed to irk the musician, prompting strong opinions from individuals such as Megyn Kelly and The View co-hosts.
During his speech at the 81st Golden Globe Awards, Jo Koy mentioned Taylor Swift’s frequent presence at Kansas City Chiefs games, where she supports her boyfriend Travis Kelce. Koy humorously remarked that the difference between the awards show and the NFL was that, “at the Golden Globes, we have fewer shots of Taylor Swift.” As the camera cut to the Eras Tour star, she remained expressionless while sipping her drink.
Megyn Kelly openly expressed her disapproval of Swift’s “death glare” on The Megyn Kelly Show, stating: "So can’t she just, like, show that she’s a good sport? I think she made the wrong move."
Megyn Kelly’s guest, Maureen Callahan from the Daily Mail, concurred, taking an additional jab at the artist by suggesting: "I felt the same way. I thought, wow, if we needed any further proof that she has no sense of humor about herself. This will be a revenge song in whatever her next magnum opus is."
Although Travis Kelce acknowledged the NFL's excitement about Taylor Swift’s appearances, Swift clarified to Time magazine that she does not control how often the camera focuses on her during football games and is unaware when she’s “pissing off a few dads, Brads, and Chads.”
The View co-hosts, in a segment, echoed Megyn Kelly’s sentiment to some extent, emphasizing the need for humor. Sara Haines urged Swift to develop a sense of humor, emphasizing the importance of protecting comedians as national treasures.
Instead of scrutinizing Taylor Swift’s reaction, The View co-hosts primarily defended Jo Koy, who made history as the first Filipino-American to host the awards show. Whoopi Goldberg, drawing from her own experience, highlighted the challenging nature of hosting such ceremonies—an acknowledgment Jo Koy himself made post-show.
In response to the backlash over his hosting, Jo Koy clarified that hosting differs from stand-up comedy. Regarding Taylor Swift, he explained that he intended to take “more of a jab toward the NFL. But it just didn’t come out that way.”
For those interested in Jo Koy's comedy, his specials "Live from Seattle" and "Comin’ in Hot" are available on Netflix. Additionally, Taylor Swift’s documentary, "Miss Americana," can also be streamed on Netflix.
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