Golden Globe host Jo Koy's shade at Taylor Swift backfires
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Golden Globe host Jo Koy’s shade at Taylor Swift backfires

/ 05:58 PM January 08, 2024

Golden Globe host Jo Koy's shade of Taylor Swift backfiresJo Koy and Taylor Swift at the 81st Golden Globe Awards. Screenshot from Golden Globes YouTube. Graphics by Sam Yap /

Jo Koy and Taylor Swift at the 81st Golden Globe Awards. Screenshot from Golden Globes YouTube. Graphics by Sam Yap /

Taylor Swift was clearly not amused when she was called out by Filipino-American actor-comedian Jo Koy who was hosting the 81st Golden Globe Awards on Sunday, January 7 (Monday, January 8 in the Philippines), held in Beverly Hills, California.

The “Cruel Summer” singer-songwriter’s death glare at Jo Koy was streamed on video, which became viral following the latter’s shade at Swift’s recent National Football League obsession where she is recently often seen cheering for her boyfriend Travis Kelce of the Kansas City Chiefs.


Swift was at the Golden Globes for “The Eras Tour” concert films, which has been nominated for the Cinematic and Box Office Achievement award.


“As you know, we came on after a football doubleheader,” Jo Koy said following a break at the awards show. “The big difference between the Golden Globes and the NFL? On the Golden Globes we have fewer camera shots of Taylor Swift.”

As he spoke Swift’s name, the cameras panned to the singer where she was shown pursing her lips, before taking a sip from her champagne flute, keeping her expression inscrutable and unsmiling.

Jo Koy’s joke fell flat and soon backfired as the stand-up comedian became subject of criticism on social media, not only for referencing Swift, but also for some of his spiels.

At his opening monologue, he claimed to having the “best seat” as host of the prestigious annual awards show, but his punch lines touching on movie- and series-related jokes and celebrities were poorly received by some of those present at The Beverly Hilton.

One of his remarks included his “weird attraction” to the plastic doll Barbie, where Greta Gerwig based her commercial film of the same title, whose “key moment” in the film Jokoy said went from “bad breasts, cellulite, and flat feet, or what casting directors call, a character actor.”

On Oppenheimer, he said the movie, which won the most awards that evening, “needed another hour.”

“I love the ‘Oppenheimer’… My New Year’s resolution for 2004 is to finish ‘Oppenheimer’ in 2025. Like seriously, I’m almost there, especially the first season,” Jo Koy said as the camera panned to Robert Downey Jr., who was now raising an eyebrow, and to director Christopher Nolan with a chagrined expression.

Incidentally, the historical movie won Best Supporting Actor for Downey, and Best Director for Nolan. It was also named Best Drama and Best Original Score.

Jo Koy further said “Oppenheimer” answered a question that had been bugging him for years. “Yes, scientists do get laid. As long as they look like Cillian Murphy,” he said, as this year’s Best Actor for Drama awardee laughed.

These, and his other remarks caused the audience to either squirm or have a dismal response.

To his credit, Jo Koy said that he merely signed the contract accepting the Golden Globe hosting stint just 10 days prior, thus he had very little time to think about his spiels. He further pointed out that some of his writers brought the punch lines to life.

“Some I wrote. Some other people wrote,” he said. “Yo, got the gig 10 days ago. You want a perfect monologue? Shut up. You’re kidding me, right? Slow down. I wrote some of these and they’re the ones you’re laughing at.

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His explanation, however, failed to convince netizens, who took to social media to share their two cents on his hosting gig, with some asking organizers to “never invite him” to the Golden Globes in the future. Others also said the comedian-actor shouldn’t be lumped with Filipinos due to his heritage

Before the Golden Globes, Jo Koy revealed that hosting the prestigious awards ceremony is bringing his childhood dreams to life and that watching the show with his mother used to be a “ritual” for them.

The stand-up comedian, born Joseph Glenn Herbert, is the second Asian to host the show after Sandra Oh. He is the first host of Filipino descent to be tapped as the master of the ceremony.

TAGS: Golden Globe, Jo Koy, Taylor Swift

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