Golden Globes Opening Speech: Seth Meyers Tackles Kevin Spacey & Harvey Weinstein

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Seth Meyers admitted that he spent a lot of time preparing for the 75th Golden Globes hosting gig to strike the right tone and he went in for disgraced movie producer Harvey Weinstein in his opening monologue.

He said of Weinstein - the "elephant not in the room" - "Harvey Weinstein isn't here tonight because, well, I've heard rumors he's insane and hard to work with".

Later during the show, which saw Sterling K. Brown, Nicole Kidman and Elisabeth Moss among the night's first winners, Meyers took aim at USA president Donald Trump, pointing to Seth Rogen, who once upset North Korea with film The Interview.

The protest that turned the Globes dark on the fashion front had been anticipated for days after a call for massive reform following the downfall of movie mogul Harvey Weinstein and numerous others accused of sexual misconduct in Hollywood, media, fashion, tech, publishing and other industries. The audience audibly groaned when he predicted that Weinstein would be "the first person ever to be booed in the In Memoriam". Meyers even urged her to run for president, which was met with the biggest round of applause of the night so far. "It's been years since a white man was this nervous in Hollywood", he joked. Meyers suggested that Spacey's replacement in All the Money in the World, Christopher Plummer, also replace Spacey in the Netflix series House of Cards.

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Meyers then said Issa Rae, star and creator of Insecure, has three projects in development.

Making an oblique reference to the exploitation at the upper echelons of Hollywood, Seth Meyers explained why he was chosen to host the awards gala - he described himself as "a man with completely no power in Hollywood". "I hope he can do a Southern accent because Kevin Spacey sure couldn't". Meyers and Amy Poehler then did a long riff where Poehler said she didn't need him to mansplain how to tell a joke and she just told the punchline: "Said the peach in Call Me By Your Name, 'this scene is the pits'". "They tried to get a woman to host this show, they really did".

- "Considering what has been going on this year with powerful men and their awful behavior in Hollywood, a lot of people thought it would be more appropriate for a woman to host these awards, and they may be right". Meyers then remarked that the Golden Globes are Trump's worst nightmare, combining his least favorite things on earth: the Hollywood Foreign Press Association.

'I'm not even the most powerful Seth in the room tonight, ' he joked as the camera panned to comedian Seth Rogen. "The only name that would make him angrier would be the 'Hillary Mexico Salad Associated'".

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