Office Christmas Party star T.J. Miller “sleighed” his opening monologue as host of Sunday’s Critics’ Choice Awards — but dashed right past his recent arrest.
Miller, who was arrested in Los Angeles early Friday after a car-service driver accused him of battery, opened the 22nd annual show by saying, “Before we start, we need to address the elephant in the room.” He continued, “It’s been in the news all weekend, and it’s really affected me: The election was definitely hacked by the Russians.”
Jokes aside, Miller then shared he was ready to “talk about the real elephant in the room. Everyone’s been asking me about it,” he said. And of course, by “it,” he meant the 31st anniversary of Broadway’s A Chorus Line.
Miller went on to crack jokes about President-elect Donald Trump, the alleged subject of contention between him and his driver Friday. Noting that it was “a big year for trolls,” the actor quipped: “Not the movie, but dudes on the Internet. One of them got elected.”
Later, Miller skewered celebrities who use their awards-show speeches to broach social issues. “All I want to do is talk about what’s going on in the world, but the problem is, I hate when celebrities get on their soap box,” Miller explained. “Just do your act. Don’t tell the rest of us how to think, O.K.?”
Later, he urged the crowd not to get upset at the outcome of Sunday’s awards, telecast on A&E. “Tonight is a celebration. Let’s all agree, and I agree, not to be upset until next year… in February … at the Oscars.”