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Golden Globes host Jo Koy doubles down on Taylor Swift joke

Comedian Jo Koy is defending the Golden Globes joke that caused backlash from Swiftie Nation.

After the comedian took a jab at Taylor Swift during the star-studded award show, he’s now saying that the “whole intention of that joke was to make fun of the NFL.”

Koy insists the purpose was to point out the organization’s habit of frequently showing Swift cheering on her boyfriend, Kansas City Chiefs player Travis Kelce, during games.

“There’s no ill intent in that joke,” he told the Los Angeles Times in an interview published Thursday. “I’m not saying anything that no one’s saying, and it’s obvious what that joke was.”

The “Easter Sunday” star also mentioned that he’s a Swiftie himself, noting, “What hurts the most is me just supporting Taylor,” Koy explained. “I support her, I love her work. I got nieces that I bought tickets for.”

After backlash on social media, the 52-year-old comedian says he “didn’t understand” why the fan base was upset, but admits he did struggle with the joke in preparation for the big night.

“Mind you, that one was just getting rewritten 50 million times, never ran it through, all the way up until we had to walk out,” Jo noted. “It’s just weird, where do you place it, and we kept hammering it and cutting it down.”

It wasn’t the only joke that caused uproar amongst viewers. Koy also took a stab at Barbie during his opening monologue, saying the film was about “a plastic doll with big boobies.”

Addressing criticism that he missed the purpose of the film, Koy responded ,”If you’ve ever seen me, you’ll see just how much I praise and shine light on women, from my ex-wife to my mom,” he told the Times. “ “I bought the movie. I supported the movie. Yes, that’s the story that that doll needed. And I’m glad because now there’s people that look like my mom that can support that.”

Despite all the criticism, Koy says he gives his performance an “A-plus just based on the courage.”

“I’m happy I did it because I did accept that challenge.”