Golden Globes host Jerrod Carmichael took a tough shot at Tom Cruise in Tuesday’s Golden Globes ceremony, referencing Michele Miscavige, spouse of Scientology chief David Miscavige.
The final 12 months has been an exceptionally good one for Cruise, whose High Gun: Maverick turned one in all 2022’s largest hits after Cruise insisted on holding it for theatrical launch as an alternative of streaming it throughout COVID lockdowns. He additionally earned good press for returning three Golden Globes final 12 months whereas the awards’ presenters, the Hollywood Overseas Press Affiliation, have been beneath hearth for a scarcity of variety.
However Carmichael — who opened the present by mocking the HFPA’s race downside — joked in the course of the ceremony that he had discovered Cruise’s three Golden Globes backstage.
“Hey guys, backstage I discovered these three Golden Globes that Tom Cruise returned. I’m simply the host, briefly or no matter, however I’ve a pitch. I believe possibly we take these three issues and change them for the protected return of Shelly Miscavige.”
The joke was particularly tough as a result of the LAPD has stated Michelle “Shelly” Miscavige isn’t really lacking. After she stopped making public look a few decade in the past, former Scientologist Leah Remini filed a lacking individuals report. The LAPD stated the report was “unfounded” and Scientologists issued an announcement saying Remini’s motion was an act of “ill-advised, ludicrous self-promotion.”
The joke most likely went over the heads of viewers who don’t comply with critics of Scientology, the idea system of which Cruise is the world’s most distinguished practitioner. Cruise has not often spoken about Scientology as he has efficiently rebuilt his profession following the unfavourable press of his “sofa leaping” interval, which included a confrontational interview about Scientology with since-disgraced interviewer Matt Lauer.
Including to the awkwardness of Carmichael’s joke: He made it simply earlier than two of Cruise’s Maverick co-stars, Glen Powell and Jay Ellis, took the stage to reward Cruise. They each ignored the Miscavige joke.
Nonetheless, the joke about 90 minutes into the present was a reminder that Carmichael wasn’t enjoying it protected. He opened the ceremony by opining that he was solely chosen for the job as a result of he’s Black, and the HFPA wanted to repair its variety file.
Later, he went after one other A-lister by saying after a industrial break that whereas the TV viewers was away Will Smith acquired “the Rock Hudson award for finest portrayal of masculinity on tv.” It was a reference, after all, to Smith’s slap of Chris Rock on the 2022 Oscars.
Foremost picture: Tom Cruise in High Gun: Maverick.