Jimmy Fallon has faced months of criticism for his treatment of Donald Trump. He capped off an interview in September by ruffling the hair of the then-GOP presidential nominee in what was considered a softball appearance during an incredibly contentious election season.
Well, Fallon tried to bring the pain on Sunday night during his Golden Globes monologue (which began with a bit of a disaster — Fallon confessed the teleprompter was broken).
His jokes at Trump’s expense — both overt and inferred — received a mixed reaction in the room, from laughs to “oohs” to uncomfortable silence.
Here they are:
— “This is the Golden Globes. One of the few places left in America that still honors the popular vote.”
— “‘Game of Thrones’ was nominated tonight. The show has so many plot twists and shocking moments. A lot of people have wondered what it would have been like if King Joffrey had lived. Well, in 12 days we’re going to find out.”
— “You might remember ‘Manchester by the Sea’ as the only thing from 2016 that was more depressing than 2016.”
— “The film ‘Florence Foster Jenkins’ was nominated. The character has been dubbed the world’s worst opera singer, and even she turned down performing at Donald Trump’s inauguration. It’s tough to book.”
— “Of course the ballots for tonight’s Golden Globes were carefully tabulated by the accounting firm Ernst and Young and Putin.”
Days before Sunday’s awards show, Fallon told the Hollywood Reporter that there would be Trump jokes.
“The whole night won’t focus on that, but it will be a week before the inauguration, so it will be on everyone’s mind,” Fallon said. “It’s the first and maybe the last party that we’ll have in 2017.”