Jo Koy Defends "Cute" Golden Globes Joke About Taylor Swift Amid Criticism

After Golden Globes host Jo Koy joked the ceremony would have "fewer camera shots of Taylor Swift" than the NFL, the singer—who's dating Travis Kelce—weighed in without saying a word.

By Jess Cohen Jan 08, 2024 2:48 PMTags
Watch: Jo Koy Defends "Cute" Golden Globes Joke About Taylor Swift Amid Criticism

Did Jo Koy fumble this Golden Globes joke?

After the host made a comment about the Jan. 7 ceremony having fewer cutaways to Taylor Swift than the NFL, cameras spotted the "Karma" singer—whose Eras Tour film was nominated for Cinematic and Box Office Achievement—taking a sip from her glass. 

And although the internet certainly has some thoughts about Koy's comments, calling them "cheap," the comedian is hoping for a pass.

"Aww, man, it was cute. I was just saying it was cute," he told Entertainment Tonight of his Swift joke. "I was just saying it's less cutaways, that's all." 

Koy also addressed the incident on GMA3 Jan. 8, calling the joke "a little flat."

"It was a weird joke, I guess," he admitted. "It was more on the NFL...I was trying to make fun of the NFL using cutaways and how the Globes didn't have to do that. So it was more of a jab towards the just didn't come out that way."

E! News has reached out to Swift's team for comment and has not yet heard back.

Koy's joke about Swift—who is dating Kansas City Chiefs player Travis Kelce—references the attention she's been receiving at NFL games this season while supporting her boyfriend.

Swift even addressed the camera shots last month in her December cover story for TIME's Person of the Year.

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"There's a camera, like, a half-mile away, and you don't know where it is, and you have no idea when the camera is putting you in the broadcast, so I don't know if I'm being shown 17 times or once," she noted. "I'm just there to support Travis."

"I have no awareness of if I'm being shown too much," Swift added, "and pissing off a few dads, Brads, and Chads."

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Swift wasn't in attendance at the Chiefs' latest game against the Los Angeles Chargers on Jan. 7, given it coincided with the Globes and the fact the Kelce was inactive. Though the team did score one final victory of their regular season, defeating the Chargers 13 to 12 at SoFi Stadium.

Which means all those dad, Brads and Chads should probably prepare themselves to see the 12-time Grammy winner when the Chiefs face off against the Miami Dolphins on Jan. 13 in the NFL's Wild Card round.

In the meantime, see the gorgeous looks Swift and more stars turned heads in at the Golden Globes...

Florence Pugh

In custom Valentino dress and Tiffany & Co. jewelry.

Taylor Swift

In custom Gucci dress and De Beers jewelry.

Margot Robbie

In custom Giorgio Armani Privé dress and Lorraine Schwartz jewelry.

Oprah Winfrey

In Louis Vuitton dress and Chopard jewelry.

Emma Stone

In custom Louis Vuitton.

Timothée Chalamet

In Celine suit and Cartier jewelry.

Jennifer Lopez

In custom Nicole + Felicia Couture.

Selena Gomez

In custom Giorgio Armani Privé.

Hailee Steinfeld

In custom Prada.

Ryan Gosling

In custom Gucci.

Reese Witherspoon

In Monique Lhuillier dress, Jimmy Choo shoes and Tiffany & Co. jewelry.

Emily Blunt

In custom Alexander McQueen dress and Tiffany & Co. jewelry.

Angela Bassett

In Dolce & Gabbana dress and Lagos jewelry.

Brie Larson

In Prada dress and Kwiat jewelry.

Jennifer Lawrence

In Dior dress and Tiffany & Co. jewelry.

Dua Lipa

In Schiaparelli dress and and Tiffany & Co. jewelry.

America Ferrera

In custom Dolce & Gabbana dress and Harry Winston jewelry.

Jennifer Aniston

In Dolce & Gabbana.

Natalie Portman

In Dior dress and De Beers jewelry.

Jeremy Allen White

In Calvin Klein suit, Ferragamo shoes and Briony Raymond jewelry.

Ayo Edebiri

In custom Prada dress and Boucheron jewelry.

Naomi Watts

In Fendi dress and Harry Winston jewelry.

Amanda Seyfried

In custom Giorgio Armani Privé gown and Pomellato jewelry.

Billie Eillish

In Willy Chavarria outfit and Anita Ko jewelry.

Julia Garner

In Gucci.

Julianne Moore

In custom Bottega Veneta.

Quinta Bunson

In custom Balmain dress, Jimmy Choo shoes and Lorraine Schwartz jewelry.

Meryl Streep

In custom Valentino dress, Bella Rosa Collection bag and Fred Leighton jewelry.

Rachel Brosnahan

In custom Sergio Hudson dress and Swarovski jewelry.

Matt Bomer

In custom Brioni.

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