- The Golden Globes host Seth Meyers didn’t hold back when he addressed the sexual misconduct in Hollywood during his opening remarks Sunday night.
- Celebrities on Twitter praised how Meyers handled the moment.
Seth Meyers came out guns blazing to open the 2018 Golden Globes.
With sexual-misconduct allegations hovering over Hollywood for months, and almost everyone dressed in black to support the Time’s Up initiative opposing sexual harassment, the late-night host addressed the elephant in the room right when he came onstage Sunday night.
“Good evening ladies and remaining gentleman,” Meyers said to open the show. And he just went on from there.
“It’s 2018, marijuana is finally allowed and sexual harassment finally isn’t,” he said, adding that 2017 was the “year of big little lies and get out – and the television series ‘Big Little Lies’ and the movie ‘Get Out.'”
Here are a few more jokes that broke up the audience at The Beverly Hilton:
- “It’s been years since a white man has been this nervous in Hollywood.”
- “For men, tonight is the first time in three months it won’t be terrifying to hear your name announced.”
Meyers also said the Hollywood Foreign Press Association, which puts on the Golden Globes, did try to get a woman to host this year’s Globes, but then “they heard it would be held in a hotel,” a reference to the many accounts of sexual misconduct taking place in hotel rooms.
President Donald Trump wasn’t safe in Meyers’ opening, either. When mentioning how Seth Rogen was a more important “Seth” in the room, the host added: “Remember when he was the guy making trouble with North Korea? Simpler times.”
Meyers’ friend Amy Poehler even got in on the mix, taking over a bit in which he would say the setup of a joke and a woman in the audience would do the punch line.
— Courtney Ste-Croix (@CDNwanderer88) January 8, 2018
One of the most pronounced reactions, though, came when Meyers did a joke about Harvey Weinstein, the longtime film producer who sparked the reckoning over sexual harassment after The New York Times and The New Yorker revealed three decades of allegations against him.
Meyers said Weinstein would have his comeback to Hollywood “in 20 years when he’s the first person ever booed during the In Memoriam.”
And then Meyers ended his opening by getting serious and recognizing women in the business, who he said “had to work even harder” to build a career in the world of entertainment.
“I look forward to you leading us to whatever comes next,” Meyers said.
Celebrities on Twitter praised Meyers’ opening:
— Amber Tamblyn (@ambertamblyn) January 8, 2018
— om (@oliviamunn) January 8, 2018
In Memoriam joke got first laugh and we're back #GoldenGlobes
— Michelle Collins (@michcoll) January 8, 2018
Excellent mono @sethmeyers with a great assist from Amy Poehler
— Jimmy Kimmel (@jimmykimmel) January 8, 2018
Watch Meyers’ entire opening below: