Jerrod Carmichael, the host of the 2023 Golden Globes Awards, joked with acclaimed director Steven Spielberg about Kanye West during the ceremony. Spielberg is at the event for his film, The Fabelmans, which is partly based on his life. The film is centered around a Jewish family.

Carmichael told Spielberg, “I saw it with Kanye and it changed everything for him … you changed Kanye’s mind”, in reference to the recent anti-Semitic remarks West has been making of late.

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Spielberg laughed and raised his hands in prayer and looked up to the sky as if to say, “if only.” The Fabelmans is the director’s semi-autobiographical 2022 movie about a young boy born to Jewish parents in New Jersey who falls in love with cinema. Spielberg himself is Jewish.

Carmichael also took digs at Tom Cruise, Scientology, and Will Smith. He first took a shot at Cruise’s decision in 2021 to return his three Golden Globe awards in protest of the Hollywood Foreign Press Association (HFPA).

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“Hey, guys backstage I found these,” Jerrod said while holding three trophies in his hand on stage. “Three Golden Globe awards that Tom Cruise returned. I’m just a host briefly, or whatever, but I have a pitch I think maybe we take these three things and exchange them for the safe return of Shelly Miscavige,” he added.

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Shelly Miscavige, Scientology leader David Miscavige, has not been seen in public in many years. Former Scientology member Leah Remini has often questioned Shelly’s whereabouts and Tom is a member of the religion, so it was a clear dig at the actor and the religion he practices.

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Later, the comedian went in for a shot at Will Smith, saying that the actor was awarded an honorary Rock Hudson Award for displaying masculinity on TV, a clear shot at his 2022 Oscars incident.