Golden Globes shock with Scientology joke about Tom Cruise

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

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

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

Carmichael returned to the stage midway through the ceremony and joked, “Backstage I found these three Golden Globe awards that Tom Cruise brought back. I think maybe we can take these three things and trade 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 well-known Scientologist and has been a member for 30 years.

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

Zach Heltzel wrote on Twitter, “Jerrod makes a Shelly Miscavige joke before introducing Top Gun cast members…we love to see it,” while Sam Aadams added, “Lol Jerrod makes a Shelly Miscavige joke to break the silence before he introduces two actors from TOP GUN MAVERICK.”

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Jerrod Carmichael made Scientology joke about Tom Cruise at Golden Globes

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

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