Joel McHale’s Opening Monologue Referenced Trump And Hillary. Here’s What He Said

Katie Jerkovich | Contributor

Joel McHale took a subtle dig at President-elect Donald Trump while hosting the 2017 People’s Choice Awards show.

Though he never mentioned Trump by name, it was clear who he was talking about in his opening monologue. (RELATED: Lee Greenwood To Celebrities: It’s A ‘Mistake’ To Back Out Of Trump Inauguration)


“2016 was a very interesting year,” McHale told the crowd. “We all watched as a longtime government insider squared off against an egotistical billionaire. I’m speaking of course about ‘Captain America: Civil War.'” (RELATED: Big & Rich To Perform At Inaugural Gala)

The host not only took a shot at the president-elect but celebrities and Hollywood and their actions since Trump won the election.

“Welcome to the 2017 People’s Choice Awards show, everyone,” McHale said. “Yes, the one night where Hollywood reacts positively to what the middle of the country thinks.”

For the most part the rest of the night stayed away from talk about politics. While accepting an award, Blake Lively said that people need to tell their stories “now more than ever.”


“We want to hear your stories, whether it’s social media, your iPhone, whatever, tell your stories — now more than ever,” Lively said. “You need to be heard. You are valuable, and no one can limit you.”

Katie Jerkovich



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