Seth Meyers, the liberal host of NBC’s Late Night program, was announced as the host of the 75th Golden Globe Awards program in a statement released on Thanksgiving Day by the Hollywood Foreign Press Association.
According to HFPA President Meher Tatna, the Association “is excited” about having Meyers in the role that has previously been filled by Jimmy Fallon, host of NBC’s Tonight Show, British comedian Ricky Gervais, actress/comedian Tina Fey and her fellow Saturday Night Live star Amy Poehler.
“With his natural comedic wit and innate ability to charm audiences,” Tatna also stated, “Seth will help us carry on the celebratory tradition of recognizing the best in television and film at the Party of the Year.”
According to an article by Joseph A. Wulfsohn of the Mediaite website, “This will be Meyers’ first time” hosting the award show, even though he “previously hosted the ESPY Awards in 2010 and the Primetime Emmy Awards in 2014.”
The late-night host “has become one of the most vocal critics” of President Donald Trump, Wulfsohn noted, following in the footsteps of Stephen Colbert, host of both CBS’s Late Show and the Primetime Emmy Awards a few months ago, and Kimmel‘s “hosting gig” at the Oscars earlier this year.
As NewsBusters previously reported, Meyers hit the ground running shortly after becoming host of the NBC program in March of 2014, when he gave guest Rachel Maddow, the anchor of her own MSNBC weeknight program, the opportunity to hammer former Vice President Dick Cheney by comparing him to a villain in the House of Cards television series.
Soon after, Meyers mocked members of Congress regarding climate change by claiming that “right now, there are a lot of people who don’t care for science in this day and age.”
Meyers later claimed that members of the Catholic Church are “creepy perverts,” a joke that drew a fiery response from Catholic League President Bill Donahue, who asserted: “If we substituted ‘gay bathhouse’ for the Catholic Church, he would reject the joke.”
“For obvious reasons, no such joke would ever be submitted to him,” Donahue added. “So once again, bigotry and cowardice are at work at NBC.”
During the opening of the annual Clinton Global Initiative that September, the comedian joked: “President Clinton is here! And so is Bill!”
Six months later, Meyers continued his praise of Hillary Clinton when he defended her against the accusations made in the Clinton Cash book by Peter Schweizer when he criticized “the cottage industry of anti-Clinton books that come out every year.”
The late-night comedian went the extra mile while the Democratic presidential candidate was a guest on his show by giving her the chance to promote gun control in what she called “common-sense measures.”
In March of 2016, Meyers returned to slamming organized religion by using the early hours of Good Friday to mock Jesus Christ and Leonardo da Vinci’s depiction of the Last Supper that “was so dull” he stated: “No wonder Jesus dropped a dime” on Christ.
A week later, the late-night host decried conservatives for backing religious freedom laws in Georgia and North Carolina as segregationists alongside Christians, Chick-fil-A and North Carolina Republican Governor Pat McCrory.
Not surprisingly, Meyers didn’t wait for Trump to be elected to the White House to smear him by asserting: “I wanted to announce here for the first time on our show to Donald Trump, if you drop out of the presidential race any time between now and the beginning of the GOP convention on July 18, NBC will award you a 13-episode scripted series where you would play the president of the United States of America. You hear that?”
Needless to say, the comic turned up the volume on his attacks on Trump after he was inaugurated in January of this year by claiming that Trump is just like fictional serial killer Hannibal Lecter from the book and movie Silence of the Lambs.
With Maddow as a returning guest, Meyers claimed that the president secretly wanted to “kill” the media while lapping up the attention they gave him.
The comic stated the obvious in June, when he noted that he doesn’t know how to “walk the fine line” of fairness when it comes to his frequent political slams.
“We obviously have a lot of discussions about taste and what we're aiming to get out there, but we try to have a little integrity to our work and hopefully, it comes across,” Meyers asserted during an interview with Al Roker of NBC’s Today program.
Nevertheless, the 75th Annual Golden Globe Awards will air on Sunday, January 7. Nominations will be announced on Monday, December 11.