In his opening monologue, 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 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.”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.