How Jerrod Carmichael toasted Hollywood at the 2023 Golden Globes

“In a minute you’re making yourself mint tea at home. Next time you’ll be asked to be the black face of an embattled white organization,” Jerrod Carmichael quipped as he began his hosting duties at the 80th Golden Globes and strategically focused on his employer, the Hollywood Foreign Press Assn, for the night. aimed.

Not acknowledging the elephant in the ballroom from the start would have meant both for Carmichael and the scandal-ridden organization, which was the subject of a 2021 Los Angeles Times investigation that led to a series of reforms within one of Hollywood’s most lucrative awards. struck a strikingly soft tone body.

Instead, Emmy-winning “Rothaniel” came out of the gate by addressing some of the HFPA’s most notorious controversies, chief among them the group’s previous lack of diversity. Also in his crosshairs throughout the night: Scientology, The Slap, Kanye West and more. Not even Sebastian from The Little Mermaid was safe.

Despite being one of the few celebrities in attendance to dare bite the hand that fed them (instead of giving a convenient work-related reason for skipping the festivities, this year’s apology of the day), the emcee always let loose less barbs than the three-hour show fell behind schedule. Here’s an annotated guide to every shot Carmichael was able to squeeze in from the Globes stage.

The Hollywood Foreign Press Assn.

“I’m here because I’m black,” Carmichael said in his opening monologue, referencing the group’s previous — and glaring — absence of a single black member. (Now, he added, it’s six: “Congratulations to them. Whatever.”)

“I’ll pick up everyone in the room,” he offered. “That show, the Golden Globe Awards, didn’t air last year because the Hollywood Foreign Press Association, which, I won’t say, was a racist organization, but didn’t have a single black member up until the death of George Floyd, so do whatever you want with this information.”

Despite initial industry-wide reluctance to return full force to support the Globes, they bounced back. Invited to host this year’s awards, even Carmichael admitted to struggling with the “moral dilemma,” telling producer Stephen Hill, “I’m only being asked to host this, I know because I’m black.”

After accepting the gig and what he said was his $500,000 paycheck, he recalled declining requests to meet with incoming HFPA President Helen Hoehne to discuss the newfound attempts at the group was able to “clear up” their reputation to repair.

“They haven’t had a black host in 79 years,” Carmichael said. “You’re going to fire the first one? I’m not fireable… And I’m going to be absolutely honest with everyone here tonight – I really don’t need to listen to this. I took this job assuming they hadn’t changed at all.”

Sebastian from “The Little Mermaid”

It was early on in the show when Carmichael, who played with Globes guest pianist Chloe Flower, commented on the familiar tune she played to bring the show back from a commercial break: “Under the Sea” from the 1989 Disney animated film ” The little mermaid.”

“Is the crab from ‘The Little Mermaid’ racist, have we found out?” He acquitted himself before presenting the award for best animated film, which went to Guillermo del Toros Pinocchio.

The red crab, voiced by actor Samuel E. Wright in the film with a Jamaican accent, won a 1989 Grammy and Academy Award for Best Original Song. “It was voiced by a black man, but he was from South Carolina,” he told Karmichael. “Does that count? Is it like the Drake Rules where how a black man can interpret the black voice?”

Tom Cruise plays Captain Pete "loner" Mitchel in "Top Gun: Maverick"

Tom Cruise in Top Gun: Maverick. Although the film was nominated for Best Drama and Best Original Song, Cruise did not attend the 2023 Golden Globes.

(Paramount Pictures)

Scientology and its star Tom Cruise

Carmichael later appeared onstage to introduce co-hosts and Top Gun: Maverick co-stars Jay Ellis and Glen Powell. In his arms he held three Golden Globes statues that he joked used to belong to Tom Cruise. Following the Times’ 2021 HFPA investigation, which revealed the organization’s lack of diversity as well as ethical and financial failings, the “Top Gun” star publicly returned his Golden Globes in protest.

“I have a parking space,” Carmichael said. “I think maybe we’ll take those three things and trade them for the safe return of Shelly Miscavige?”

Miscavige, the wife of longtime Church of Scientology leader David Miscavige, has reportedly not been seen in public for years. Cruise — whose Golden Globe-nominated Top Gun: Maverick was one of the biggest hit films of 2022 — remains Scientology’s most visible and influential celebrity member.

The joke prompted former Scientology member Leah Remini, who starred and co-produced the A&E documentary “Leah Remini: Scientology and the Aftermath,” to reply to Carmichael on Twitter. “Thank you Jerrod Carmichael!” tweeted Memory. “Where’s Shelly?”

Remini, one of Hollywood’s most outspoken critics of the organization, filed a missing persons report on behalf of Shelly Miscavige in 2013. This was subsequently dismissed by the LAPD.

Ex-Scientology executive Mike Rinder, who co-hosts the Scientology: Fair Game podcast with Remini, also thanked Carmichael “for raising the awareness of the world.” “It’s about time #Scientology brought forth Shelly Miscavige,” he said wrote on twitter. “@LeahRemini and others have struggled for years to prove their well-being.”

Gabriel LaBelle as Sammy Fabelman in "the fabelmans," Co-written, produced and directed by Steven Spielberg.

Gabriel LaBelle as Sammy Fabelman in The Fabelmans, co-written, produced and directed by Steven Spielberg.

(Merie Weismiller Wallace/Universal Pictures and Amblin Entertainment)


Back on stage, Carmichael made a quick joke when he found Steven Spielberg in the audience. “Congratulations on ‘The Fabelmans,'” he said. “I actually saw it with Kanye and it changed everything, it was that good.”

Inspired by Spielberg’s own film-obsessed childhood in a Jewish-American family, the semi-autobiographical film features scenes of anti-Semitic bullying. The filmmaker, who was also nominated to screenplay The Fabelmans with Tony Kushner, took home his fourth Golden Globe of his directing career.

It is not known if West saw The Fabelmans, which won the night’s grand prize.

Over the past year, the once-beloved rapper lost social media access, lucrative endorsement deals and the respect of the music and fashion industries that once worshiped him over his outrageously hateful anti-Semitic comments.

A tearful Will Smith holds his Oscar while delivering his acceptance speech after winning the leading actor award.

Will Smith accepts the Oscar for ‘King Richard’ at the 94th Academy Awards. Earlier in the evening, actor Chris Rock hit the stage.

(Myung Chun/Los Angeles Times)

Will Smith and The Slap

Carmichael introduced Crazy Rich Asians star Henry Golding to present the award for Best Actress in a Drama Motion Picture and glimpsed The Slap that rocked the Oscars last year as Will Smith Chris Rock on the air attacked for making a joke about his wife, Jada Pinkett Smith.

“While we were in commercials, we presented Will Smith with the Rock Hudson Award for Best Depiction of Manhood on Television,” he joked.

Not long after, Carmichael’s dig was surpassed by comedy legend Eddie Murphy. Murphy received this year’s Cecil B. DeMille Award from friends Tracy Morgan and Jamie Lee Curtis and began a heartfelt acceptance speech, thanking family, staff and representatives in light of a career in showbiz that has spanned over 40 years.

He ended the moment by offering wise advice to aspiring entertainers. “There is a definite plan you can follow to achieve success, prosperity and peace of mind,” he began. “It’s very simple. There are three things: mind your business, do your taxes and keep Will Smith’s wife’s name out of your mouth!

The Beverly Hilton

In the simplest throwaway joke of the evening, Carmichael caught the chatty crowd’s attention with a morbid reminder of where they were: “We’re here live from the hotel that killed Whitney Houston — the Beverly Hilton.”

It was at the Beverly Hills luxury hotel, longtime home of the Globes, that the legendary singer tragically died by accidental drowning on February 11, 2012, the day before the 54th Grammy Awards. Houston had stayed at the hotel ahead of record executive Clive Davis’ annual pre-Grammys party.

The new biopic I Wanna Dance With Somebody, starring Naomi Ackie as Houston and Stanley Tucci as Davis, features the Beverly Hilton prominently in its portrayal of the singer’s final moments – including a scene in which she injects a fatal dose of drugs into her body gets hotel lobby. How Jerrod Carmichael toasted Hollywood at the 2023 Golden Globes

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