Golden Globes host Jerrod Carmichael host shocks with Scientology joke about Tom Cruise

Golden Globes host Jerrod Carmichael shocked the crowd with a Scientology joke about Tom Cruise.

The comedian addressed the fact that, in 2022, Cruise returned his previously won Golden Globe trophies amid a boycott of the awards’ organisers, the Hollywood Foreign Press Association (HFPA).

The controversy followed an exposé into the lack of diversity within the HFPA, and a separate ethics scandal.

Carmichael returned to the stage midway through the ceremony, and quipped: “Backstage, I found these three Golden Globe awards that Tom Cruise returned. I think maybe we take these three things and exchange them for the safe return of Shelly Miscavige.”

Miscavige is a member of the Church of Scientology, and is married to its leader David Miscavige. Cruise is a known Scientologist, and has been a member for 30 years.

Carmichael made the joke just before introducing Cruise’s Top Gun: Maverick co-stars Glen Powell and Jay Ellis to the stage.

Zach Heltzel wrote on Twitter: “Jerrod making a Shelly Miscavige joke before introducing cast members from Top Gun…we love to see it,” while SlateCulture’s Sam Aadams added: “Lol Jerrod making a Shelly Miscavige joke to utter silence before introducing two actors from TOP GUN MAVERICK.”

Jerrod Carmichael cracked Scientology joke about Tom Cruise at Golden Globes


Meanwhile,@catherinebouris added: “OK jerrod carmichael gets kudos from me for mentioning shelly miscavige right before introducing two of the top gun guys.”

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