The Golden Globe Awards have tapped comedian Jo Koy as host for the 2024 ceremony.
Koy will make his award show hosting debut at the Globes, following another stand-up, Jerrod Carmichael, who hosted the 80th awards.
“I’ve stepped onto a lot of stages around the world in my career, but this one is going to be extra special. I’m so excited to be hosting the Golden Globes this year,” Koy said in a statement. “This is that moment where I get to make my Filipino family proud. Mahal Kita (Google it)!” (We did: “Mahal Kita” translates to “I love you.”)
“We are thrilled to have Jo host the 81st Annual Golden Globe Awards and bring his infectious energy and relatable humor to kick off Hollywood’s award season,” said Golden Globes president Helen Hoehne. “We can’t wait to see what he has in store for the stars in the room and a global audience. We know Jo is bringing his A-game.”
Koy has been a headlining stand-up for years, but ahead of his 2022 Netflix special Live From the Los Angeles Forum, he said that the industry hadn’t seemed to notice his success: “I just felt like, ‘What are you acting like you don’t see? Or what is it that you’re not seeing? These numbers are clear as day. I’m an arena act. I’m on a list of people that aren’t comics who are selling out arenas. It’s like, Elton John, Billy Joel, Jo Koy, and Coldplay. Like, what aren’t you guys seeing?’” he said. “And it hurt. It hurt a lot. And yeah, it was offensive that I still had to convince a lot of people that what I’m saying is relevant and funny.”
The Golden Globes, which are set to air on CBS (and stream on Paramount+) on Jan. 7, will likely put Koy in front of the biggest TV audience he’s had in his career. The awards moved to CBS after running on NBC for nearly three decades; the latter network ended its long-time relationship with the Globes after years of controversy over the conduct of the Hollywood Foreign Press Association, the organization formerly behind the awards.
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In June, Globes producer Dick Clark Productions and Eldridge acquired all of the Globes’ assets, rights, and properties from the HFPA, after which the Globes underwent a significant overhaul, including the roster of voting members for the awards. DCP is owned by Penske Media Eldridge, a joint venture between Penske Media Corporation and Eldridge that also owns The Hollywood Reporter.
Source: The Hollywood Reporter