Golden Globes: Seth Meyers Wastes No Time Tackling Sexual Harassment Scandals in Opening Monologue
The host took aim at a number of disgraced Hollywood notables, including Kevin Spacey and Harvey Weinstein.
Host Seth Meyers kicked off the 75th annual Golden Globes on Sunday night by addressing the elephant in the room: sexual harassment scandals in Hollywood. "Good evening ladies and remaining gentlemen," the host said, opening the night.
At an awards show that was preceded by red carpet protests and social activism aimed at gender and racial equality, Meyers took aim at the male stars in the room. "This will be the first time in months that it won't be terrifying to hear your name read out loud," Meyers quipped.
This year's show marked the Late Night host's first stint as host of the Globes, following fellow NBC late-night funnyman Jimmy Fallon's turn last year. Meyers previously hosted the 66th Emmy Awards in 2015.
"A lot of people thought it would be more appropriate for a woman to host these awards, and they may be right. But if it's any consolation, I'm a man with absolutely no power in Hollywood. I'm not even the most powerful Seth in the room tonight," Meyers said, as the camera panned to Seth Rogen in the audience. "Hey, remember when he was the guy making trouble with North Korea?" Meyers asked, referencing President Donald Trump's recent tweets calling out DPRK leader Kim Jong-un on Twitter.
Meyers also took time to tee off on disgraced Hollywood mogul Harvey Weinstein, who, of course, was not in attendance. "Don't worry. He'll be back in 20 years when he becomes the first person ever booed in the In Memoriam," said Meyers, earning groans from the audience. "It will sound like that," the host commented.
Meyers also dealt out some scathing comments about Kevin Spacey and Woody Allen, both embroiled in their own sexual harassment scandals. "When I first heard about a film where a naïve young woman falls in love with a disgusting sea monster, I have to admit I thought, 'Oh man, not another Woody Allen movie," Meyers said, referring to Guillermo del Toro's best picture nominee The Shape of Water.
The host then invited two of his Late Night writers, Amber Ruffin and Jenny Hagel, to do a Golden Globes edition of his segment "Jokes Seth Can't Tell," in which Meyers provided the setup to a joke and a star in the audience added the punchline.
"The Golden Globes turned 75 this year but …," Meyers began one setup, for which Jessica Chastain provided the punchline: "The actress that plays its wife is still only 32."
"Call Me by Your Name is nominated for best motion picture. It is a gay coming-of-age film …," Meyers offered, to which Billy Eichner finished, "Said Kevin Spacey, 'You lost me at 'of age.'"
Meyers wrapped up his monologue with a thank-you to the women in the audience: "I look forward to you leading us into whatever comes next."
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