The rumors had prepared us for this moment, but now it's official that Seth Meyers is hosting the 2018 Golden Globes, according to E!. Meyers takes over from fellow late night host Jimmy Fallon, who hosted the 2017 Golden Globes, and this will be his first time hosting the ceremony. Of course, the Golden Globes have only had six different hosts before him since launching in 1944 — and many of those co-hosted instead of flying solo. But Meyers could bring a political slant to the ceremony unlike any previous hosts have brought. Because that's exactly what he's been doing on his show this past year.
"The Hollywood Foreign Press Association is excited to have Seth Meyers host the 75th Annual Golden Globe Awards," HFPA President Meher Tatna said in a statement, according to E!. "With his natural comedic wit and innate ability to charm audiences, Seth will help us carry on the celebratory tradition of recognizing the best in television and film at the Party of the Year."
According to the Washington Post, Meyers' coverage of Trump has skyrocketed his YouTube subscribers to over 36 million a month in just six months. A 2017 Vulture profile hailed him as "the most trusted political voice in late night," particularly spotlighting the moment after the 2016 election when he infamously said, of his disappointment with Trump's presidential win,
"As a white man, I also know that any emotions that I'm feeling are likely a fraction of those being felt by the LGBTQ community, African-Americans, Hispanic Americans, Muslim Americans, and any number of the immigrant communities so vital to our country."
During that same monologue, he also stated that Trump had made many promises about what he would do as president and that he wanted to make a promise of his own: "We here at Late Night will be watching you.” From that moment on, Meyers more or less established himself as a relatable voice in a contentious political time and he has lived up to that ever since — such as when he was one of only two late night hosts to mention the Harvey Weinstein controversy.
But what, you may be thinking, does politics have to do with the Golden Globes? Well, everything. Award ceremonies have become increasingly politicized over the last few years as celebrities and Hollywood figures accepting, presenting, or hosting awards use their platforms to make the millions of viewers tuning in more aware of the world around them.
Everything from Black Lives Matter to Trump's promise to build a wall between Mexico and the United States have been brought up and supported or torn down respectively on award show stages. It's not enough to simply be a celebrity collecting a golden trophy in recent years. Now, silence on issues that matter to the people who love and support you can be viewed as being complicit. So, in that sense, Meyers as a host for the Golden Globes makes perfect sense. It even invites a more political award ceremony that still manages to be entertaining because, after all, that's what Meyers has been doing with Late Night.
And that honestly feels for the best. Though many viewers have complained about how political entertainment events like award shows have gotten, it's incredibly important that our entertainment not be sequestered from our politics. Mainly because it's impossible to separate entertainment from politics. Every choice — such as whether to have an all-white cast for a show — represents a conscious or unconscious bias on the part of the person making that choice and affects the way people watching view the world, as numerous studies have shown.
In an era where our current president was a former reality show star — and isn't even our first president or political figure who once worked in Hollywood — to think that politics and pop culture should have nothing to do with each other feels very narrow minded. There's no doubt that Meyers will deliver a smart show that pulls no punches when it comes to his views on the current administration and other social issues affecting our country right now. But there's also no doubt that he'll make us laugh along the way.