'A-plus': Jo Koy grades his Golden Globes 2024 hosting, reflects on 'bombed' jokes

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'A-plus': Jo Koy grades his Golden Globes 2024 hosting, reflects on 'bombed' jokes
Filipino-American comedian and Golden Globes 2024 host Jo Koy
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MANILA, Philippines — Filipino-American comedian Jo Koy is still proud of his historic hosting of the Golden Globes despite the huge waves of criticism that went his way.

Jo Koy became the first individual of Filipino descent to host the tumultuous awards ceremony, but his performance drew flak because of jokes that viewers found to be flat and unfunny at times.

The comedian's monologue was fairly safe and basic, but the night took a turn for the worst when he described "Barbie" as a movie "on a plastic doll with big boobies," attempted to make a joke about cameras pointing at Taylor Swift, and ultimately threw writers under the bus.

"Some I wrote, some other people wrote," Jo Koy said during the ceremony. "Yes, I got the gig 10 days ago! You want a perfect monologue? Yo, shut up. You're kidding me, right? Slow down, I wrote some of these and they are the ones you are laughing at."

A day after the Globes, Jo Koy admitted being hurt by the criticism he's been receiving for his hosting, "It's a tough room. It was a hard job, I'm not going to lie... I'd be lying if [I said] it doesn't hurt. I hit a moment there where I was like, 'Ah'."

He recently sat down for an interview with the Los Angeles Times to discuss his Globes hosting and what his future holds.

Jo Koy gave his hosting A-plus grade because of the courage it took him to do it, though initially he didn't want to grade himself because of its subjectivity.

"I think I did well given the circumstances... I'm going to hit it over the head a million times, whoever you can think of in your head that could have done it, I'm telling you right now they said no and I didn't," Jo Koy said.

Related: Jo Koy 'feels bad, hurt' over Golden Globes 2024 hosting criticisms

The comedian pointed out that he is the first Asian to solo host the Globes in its 81 years, noting that Sandra Oh co-hosted the ceremony in 2019 with Andy Samberg.

He also acknowledged that throwing his writers under the bus was a "rookie move" that needs fixing, reiterating they only had a few days to write the monologue and jokes.

Jo Koy also reiterated his joke about Taylor Swift was intended to be making fun of the NFL, so he was taken aback by her cold response especially after actor Robert De Niro was laughing at the joke directed at him.

As for the "Barbie" joke, "I don't think you understand who I am as a person, you know what I mean? Because if you've ever seen me, you'll see just how much I praise and shine light on women, from my ex-wife to my mom."

"I'm telling a joke — what happened to society where we can't even joke with each other anymore," he added. "I bought the movie. I supported the movie. Yes, that's the story that that doll needed. And I'm glad because now there's people that look like my mom that can support that."

The film's director Greta Gerwig recently shared that Jo Koy was " not wrong" about what he said, while fellow comedians Whoopi Goldberg and Steve Martin — both who have hosted the Oscars multiple times — have backed Jo Koy for his performance.

"Oppenheimer" took home five awards at this year's Globes including Best Film - Drama, Best Director for Christopher Nolan, and acting plums for stars Cillian Murphy and Robert Downey, Jr.

On the television front,  HBO's "Succession" was the big winner as it won Best Series - Drama. Its actors, Kieran Culkin, Sarah Snook and Matthew Madfadyen, also took home awards.

RELATED: Steve Martin defends Jo Koy following 'horrid' Golden Globes hosting

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