Chelsea Handler Shades Nick Cannon, Prince Harry

Chelsea Handler, Nick Cannon and Prince Harry
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She’s bought jokes! Chelsea Handler kicked off the twenty eighth annual Critics’ Alternative Awards with a spirited opening monologue — and a few pointed digs at Nick Cannon, Prince Harry and extra.

“Earlier than we get began, I simply need everybody to know that we’re right here to have enjoyable and maintain the vibes excessive,” Handler, 47, started in her Sunday, January 15, monologue, earlier than noting that the ceremony attendees had been “protected” from being roasted after two years working with a therapist. “It’s an honor to be your host tonight after all the pieces that we’ve all been by collectively over the previous few years between COVID, monkeypox, the Don’t Fear Darling press tour. It’s been rather a lot.”

The Chelsea Does alum poked enjoyable at Olivia Wilde’s 2022 dystopian movie, which its cinematic achievement was overshadowed by experiences of solid feuds and hypothesis that Harry Types spit on costar Chris Pine on the Venice Worldwide Movie Pageant. Handler swiftly moved on from her shady comment to reward Sunday’s nominees, together with Viola Davis.

“As a part of Viola’s coaching for [The Woman King], she was given a DNA take a look at to find out the perfect exercise routine for her genetic make-up,” Handler mentioned. “Which additionally, coincidentally, revealed that she is Nick Cannon’s daughter.”

After joking in regards to the 42-year-old Masked Singer host’s expansive brood of 12, Handler revealed one specific matter that she was bored with listening to about — Prince Harry’s frostbitten “todger.”

Niecy Nash-Betts is nominated for Dahmer. Dahmer turned the third highest seen present on Netflix, which a mixed watch time of 1 billion hours,” Handler mentioned. “Which, apparently, is similar period of time we’re going to must take heed to Prince Harry discuss his frostbitten penis [in Spare and his recent interviews]. It’s sufficient already.”

The host additionally gave the solid of The Bear a shout-out, explaining that the USA Community present gave a “grueling” take a look at the restaurant trade — with out having to “wait on James Corden.” The late evening host, for his half, had been banned from Keith McNally’s eating places in October 2022 for his prior unhealthy conduct, which he has since apologized for.

The previous Chelsea Recently host was introduced because the emcee for the Critics’ Alternative Awards, which honors movie and TV achievements of the previous 12 months, in October 2022.

“We’re thrilled to have Chelsea Handler becoming a member of us on the twenty eighth annual Critics Alternative Awards,” Critics’ Alternative Affiliation CEO Joey Berlin mentioned in a press release on the time. “Everyone knows and love her work as a standup comic, a best-selling writer, a podcast host, and actress — and now as host of the Critics’ Alternative Awards! I do know this would be the finest 12 months but and might’t wait for everybody to see what we’ve in retailer.”

Handler takes over internet hosting duties from Taye Diggs, who beforehand helmed the awards present for the previous 4 years — and she or he’s been greater than able to put her personal stamp on the festivities.

“I really feel slight strain, however I like plenty of strain. I do my finest work once I’m below strain,” the This Means Warfare actress instructed The Hollywood Reporter in an interview revealed on Friday, January 13. “You need to problem your self. While you’re nervous for one thing, meaning you care. My therapist taught me that, so I now take a look at nerves in a totally totally different mild. You utilize that vitality to gasoline your efficiency and to additionally unfold good vibes to all people there. … My intention is simply to have a good time and to make all people really feel snug and welcome — like they belong there.”

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Handler on the sixty fourth Annual Grammy Awards, April 2022.
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As a standup comic, Handler used to slinging jokes in her act and through social media, however she needed to convey a unique perspective to Sunday’s present.

“I’m not going to make enjoyable of anybody’s youngsters or make enjoyable of individuals for having youngsters. I believe that’s off-limits,” she instructed the outlet. “It’s not going to be taking the piss out of individuals and embarrassing them. It’s not about making anybody really feel uncomfortable, particularly for me, since all people’s anticipating me to make folks really feel uncomfortable.”

The Critics’ Alternative Awards introduced its nominations final month, with The whole lot All over the place All at As soon as and Abbott Elementary main the pack for movie and TV, respectively. The quirky motion film school 14 nods, whereas the ABC sitcom scored six. Moreover, Janelle Monáe will obtain the distinguished Critics’ Alternative Affiliation’s SeeHer Award for her gender equality advocacy and stereotype-defying profession.