Bill Cosby mocked by Golden Globes hosts
Heck yes, she did. Tina Fey made good on her promise to go after Bill Cosby during the Golden Globes ceremony Sunday night.
Taking the stage at the Beverly Hilton along with co-host Amy Poehler, the duo ripped the beleaguered comedian, who’s accused of drugging and sexually assaulting more than 20 women.
“In Into the Woods, Cinderella runs from her prince, Rapunzel is thrown from a tower for her prince, and Sleeping Beauty just thought she was getting coffee with Bill Cosby,” Poehler said, drawing howls from the audience.
“I don’t know if you saw this on the news today,” Fey added, “but Bill Cosby has finally spoken out about the allegations against him. Cosby admitted to a reporter—” here, the host broke into an exaggerated Cosby impression—”I put the pills in the people! The people didn’t want the pills in them!'”
“That’s not right,” Poehler said. “It’s more like [Cosby impression]: ‘I got the pills in the bathroom and I put them in the people!'”
Naturally, the celebrities assembled were shocked:
Fey and Poehler have said this is their final year hosting the annual event. When recently asked during an interview if she would go after Cosby during the show, Fey replied, “Heck yes!”
Before the show, Fey and Poehler’s fellow Saturday Night Live veteran Seth Meyers told red carpet interviewers that he worked with the co-hosts on their jokes and suggested that they felt liberated by this being their last show. “Every time we pointed out [a joke might be] over the line, they say, ‘What are they gonna do, fire us?’ … They’re dangerous ladies when it comes to comedy.”
In general, Fey has said her policy is to avoid harshly mocking other celebrities—at least, those who are in the audience. “Amy and I have always said that the idea [is] that we don’t want anyone attending to be scared to be there because of us. It’s a party and in the grand scheme of the world, it couldn’t be less important. And I think that’s what makes it fun.”
Cosby made a joke at his own expense during a stand-up show on Thursday night, telling the audience, “You have to be careful drinking around me.”