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The Internet Reacts to Jo Koy’s Golden Globes Hosting

Jo Koy, Golden Globes

Jo Koy made history by being the first Filipino to host the Golden Globes and it… could’ve been better. “Bombed” was a term used in coverages and on social media for a 10-minute monologue that felt five times longer than it was. 

There were jokes about Oppenheimer’s runtime, Barbie being a “plastic doll with big boobies”, Meryl Streep, and Taylor Swift being overexposed by the NFL, leading to outrage from Swifties. Facepalms of those in attendance did not up the mood. And when barely anything landed, Jo went on the defensive, blaming writers and the crowd for the jokes that flopped, and crediting those that worked to himself. 

“I got the gig ten 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.”

To be fair, there were decent bits sprinkled in between. The Robert De Niro one got the most laughs. Meryl Streep (again) was cute, although too piled on by the end. But there was a noticeable lack of…dare we say… confidence in his standup, with Jo constantly apologizing for his duds. 

The Golden Globes were a lukewarm reaction to what Jo Koy is used to, whose roaring Netflix specials and sold-out shows made him the name he is today. But he did get the gig on short notice, reportedly two weeks before the show after the likes of Chris Rock and Ali Wong passed per CNN. And in an interview with Variety, the comedian described the experience as a “crash course in hosting”, saying he only got his writers five days later.

Despite the short prep time, Jo took the gig because of what it symbolizes for representation in Hollywood.

“There’s a kid that’s Asian out there, or that’s half white/half Asian, any ethnicity. Being able to see this, it will indirectly inspire them. This is one of those ‘finally’ moments,” he said.

And that’s the kind of weight on my shoulders that I have. Because I need to represent them well,” he says. “So, I want to make sure my job is done right. I want to make sure I’m funny. And this wasn’t just a fluke. I worked hard for this moment.”

The Golden Globes was a bigger, more prestigious stage than Jo Koy’s ever been on, and it seemed the moment got to him. But that’s okay; the first time is rarely perfect. Peep the reactions below.

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