Andy Samberg and Sandra Oh Take a Jab at Les Moonves at Golden Globes
The joke came when Samberg introduced the stars of CBS' 'The Big Bang Theory' to the stage.
Though the Golden Globes opened with a friendly roast of the night's nominees, co-hosts Andy Samberg and Sandra Oh saved one post-monologue jab for someone who wasn't in the room.
"Now here with a surprising, unrehearsed takedown of Les Moonves is the cast of The Big Bang Theory," quipped Samberg about Moonves, the former CBS chief who has been accused by multiple women of sexual harassment and misconduct.
Oh responded by correcting her co-host to say, "Oh, that can't be right."
The quick moment, which was delivered to laughs among the Hollywood audience, came before the hosting pair introduced Kaley Cuoco, Jim Parsons and Johnny Galecki to the stage. The three stars from Big Bang Theory, a veteran comedy on Moonves' former network, paused and ignored the joke before going on to present their categories.
CBS recently concluded a months-long investigation into the sexual harassment allegations made against the former CEO and determined that Moonves would not be getting his promised $120 million severance.
The move marked the official exit of Moonves from the entertainment industry, making him one of the largest figures to be ousted from the ranks of Hollywood in the #MeToo era.
As the chairman and CEO of CBS Corporation, Moonves oversaw shows ranging from 60 Minutes to Big Bang, which is now wrapping its run after 12 seasons. After Ronan Farrow's New Yorker exposé on Moonves listed a half-dozen accusers in July, CBS hired an investigative team to examine the allegations. More accusers came forward afterward and in September, Moonves stepped down from his high-profile position.
Eighteen advocacy groups, including the Time's Up Legal Defense Fund, RAINN and the National Women's Law Center, were among the recipients of the $20 million that the network donated as part of its exit agreement with Moonves.
Moonves' wife, Julie Chen, stepped down from her position as co-host on CBS' The Talk as a result, but has stayed on as host of the network's reality series Big Brother. She maintains her support for Moonves.
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