Jo Koy Controversial Golden Globes Gig: Taylor Swift and Barbie Jokes Backfire

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Jo Koy was named the host for the 81st Golden Globe Awards only a few weeks ago, and it seemed like he didn’t have enough time to prepare. The audience didn’t hold back in expressing their feelings about his opening monologue, giving him feedback throughout the night.

The comedian started off with gentle comments, praising everyone and highlighting the significance of the moment for the nominees and himself. Later on, he tried to make some lighthearted jokes about certain movies.

He dropped a cringeworthy joke that the Barbie movie was based “on a plastic doll with big boobies.” Koy continued, “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.'”

When the joke didn’t land well, Koy attempted to defend himself by pointing fingers at the show’s writers. “Some I wrote, some other people wrote. Yo, I got the gig 10 days ago! You want a perfect monologue? Yo, shut up! You’re kidding me, right? Slow down. I wrote some of these, and they’re the ones you’re laughing at,” he added.

Jo Koy also joked about Barry Keoghan’s character’s private parts in Saltburn, playfully suggesting that they somehow ended up on Bradley Cooper‘s face in Maestro—clearly alluding to the prosthetic nose he sported in the film.

Jo Koy on Taylor Swift

It appears that the comedian has made an enemy out of Swifties, with his awkward Taylor Swift joke. “As you know, we came on after a football doubleheader. The big difference between the Golden Globes and the NFL? At the Golden Globes, we have fewer camera shots of Taylor Swift,” Koy said.

The camera then moved to capture the singer, who was present, casually sipping on her drink with a neutral expression on her face.

In a recent interview with Vanity Fair, Koy shared that he was experiencing a mix of emotions, including being overwhelmed, nervous, excited, and feeling the pressure, considering the limited time he had for preparing to host the Golden Globes.

“I’ve never written this many jokes before in my life. This is all new, doing a host-style monologue, yet still giving it my tone and my voice. It’s been challenging, but man, we’re having a blast. And we’re knocking this monologue out.”

Well, it was a tough crowd for Koy to impress.



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