Golden Globes 2023: ‘I’m here because I’m black’: Host Jerrod Carmichael’s powerful opening monologue


The 80th Golden Globes has kicked off for the first time in two years.

The prestigious awards night, which celebrates the very best of film and television, was famously boycotted by celebrities in 2022 and wasn’t broadcast due to a number of controversies surrounding the Hollywood Foreign Press Association (HFPA).

This year, however, the stars have arrived in spades – with host, comedian Jerrod Carmichael, leading the charge on stage.

Stan will live broadcast the 2023 Golden Globe Awards exclusively from 11am AEDT Wednesday January 11.

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Jerrod Carmichael opened with a powerful speech about race. (Stan)

Carmichael took the opportunity to roast some of his industry colleagues, starting with the HPFA itself.

He pulled no punches when he spoke about the organisation’s controversial history as he addressed the crowd in his opening speech.

“I’m here because I’m black,” Carmichael said during his powerful opening monologue. 

“I’ll catch everyone in the room up. This show, the Golden Globe Awards, did not air last year, because the HFPA – I won’t say they were a racist organisation, but they didn’t have a single black member until George Floyd died.”

He added: “So do with that information what you will.”

READ MORE: Golden Globe Awards 2023: See the full list of winners

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The comedian drew some laughs during his speech. (Stan)

During his speech, Carmichael joked that he had a “moral racial dilemma” while deciding if he would accept the hosting gig.

He told the crowd of laughing celebrities he was surprised he got the call, which happened when he was making tea.

“I was like whoa, one minute you’re drinking mint tea at home, the next you’re invited to be the Black face of a White embattled organisation,” Carmichael said.

“I’m only being asked to host this, I know, because I’m black.”

The Golden Globes host said he took the job “assuming [the HFPA] hadn’t changed at all”, but was slightly gentler in his closing remarks.

Carmichael said he confided in a friend, Avery, who asked him how much he was being paid.

When he replied with “$500,000,” Avery told him to take the job.

He then welcomed first awards announcer, Jennifer Hudson, to the stage.

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Carmichael roasted the HFPA in front of the crowd. (Stan)

READ MORE: Everything you need to know about this year’s Golden Globes ceremony

Stream the 80th Golden Globes 2023 live on Stan now.

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