'10/10 monologue': Fans laud Chelsea Handler's Critics Choice Awards 'roast' of Prince Harry, Viola Davis
LOS ANGELES, CALIFORNIA : Chelsea Handler was on fire, to say the least, while giving an "epic" opening monologue at the Critics Choice Awards, held at Fairmont Century Plaza in Los Angeles on Sunday, January 15. She did not hold back while she took digs at many celebrities including James Cordon and Prince Harry.
Handler took a dig at James Corden, a fellow comedian and late night talk show host, while referring to the show 'The Bear' and the accusations against his behaviour. "The cast of The Bear is here. Awesome show," Handler, 47, began, adding, "They showed us how grueling and absolutely miserable working in the restaurant industry can be. And they didn't even have to wait on James Corden." It may be recalled that Cordon was accused of being an "abusive customer" by a restaurant owner in 2022.
Handler also poked fun at Harry's intimate revelations in his new autobiography 'Spare', where he shared that his "p*nis had become injured during a grueling charity trek through the North Pole in 2011." "Dahmer became the third highest viewed show on Netflix with a combined watch time of 1 billion hours, which apparently is the same amount of time we're going to have to listen to Prince Harry talk about his frostbitten p*nis. It's enough, already."
She went on to joke about Nick Cannon and his many children while making fun of Viola Davis. "As part of Viola's training for the film, she was given a DNA test to determine the best workout regimen for her genetic make-up, which also revealed that she's Nick Cannon's daughter," Handler told the audience, as they roared with laughter.
Handler even went after celebrity diet culture, calling out stars who have been controversially using ozempic, a medication meant for those with diabetes, for weight loss. "The word gaslighting was actually Merriam-Webster's word of the year. And for those of you who don't know, gaslighting is when someone tries to convince you that your own perceptions of reality are wrong. Like, when celebrities say they lost weight by drinking water but really it's because everyone's on ozempic. Even my housekeeper's on ozempic," the 47-year-old said.
Handler also took on Ellen DeGeneres, who was hit by allegations of creating a toxic work environment during her daytime talk show. "Cate Blanchett is here tonight. Cate, as far as I'm concerned, you should win an Oscar every year just for being alive. In 'Tar' Cate portrayed an 'Iconic lesbian' after playing a conductor whose professional career is upended by her toxic behavior. And she didn't even have to host her own daytime talk show," Handler said.
The internet could not keep calm as people started posting reactions to Handler's monologue. A fan tweeted, "Chelsea Handler giving one of the best award show monologues I’ve ever seen #CriticsChoiceAwards." Another fan said, "Chelsea Handler was really comfortable and funny in that opening monologue. #criticschoiceawards." Another chimed in, "Chelsea Handler hosting an awards show is everything to me and I would love more of this please. 10/10 monologue. #CriticsChoiceAwards." Yet another said, "Chelsea Handler absolutely nailed her monologue, we love to see it! Funny jokes, clean landing, positive energy. Icon! #CriticsChoiceAwards."
Chelsea Handler giving one of the best award show monologues I’ve ever seen #CriticsChoiceAwards— Mátt (@filmmatttt) January 16, 2023
Chelsea Handler was really comfortable and funny in that opening monologue. #criticschoiceawards— Mike McGranaghan (@AisleSeat) January 16, 2023
Chelsea Handler hosting an awards show is everything to me and I would love more of this please. 10/10 monologue. #CriticsChoiceAwards— Nick Barbieri (@NickBarb719) January 16, 2023
Chelsea Handler absolutely nailed her monologue, we love to see it! Funny jokes, clean landing, positive energy. Icon! #CriticsChoiceAwards— Mitchell Fierce (@MitchellFierce) January 16, 2023
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