Comedian Jerrod Carmichael hosted the 80th Annual Golden Globe Awards on Tuesday night, and he did not refrain from making digs.
He first spoke of his appointment as host:
"I'll tell you why I'm here."
"I'm here because I'm Black."
To refresh your memory, NBC pulled the Globes from being broadcast last year following boycotts and accusations of racism and lack of diversity on the part of the Hollywood Foreign Press Association.
But Carmichael didn't stop there.
After a commercial break, the host appeared from backstage holding three trophies.
Carmichael addressed the audience:
"Backstage, I found these three Golden Globe awards that Tom Cruise returned."
In 2021 Cruise actually did return his three awards in light of the controversy surrounding HFPA.
"I think maybe we take these three things and exchange them for the safe return of Shelly Miscavige."
Shelly Miscavige is the wife of Scientology leader David Miscavige.
Cruise is an outspoken member of the church as well as David's close friend. Shelly was last seen in public in August of 2007—more than 15 years ago.
Former 2nd-generation Scientologist Leah Remini—who has publicly condemned the organization through her A&E docuseries Leah Remini: Scientology and the Aftermath and her memoir Troublemaker: Surviving Hollywood and Scientology—chimed in.
"WHERE IS SHELLY????" Remini tweeted.
She also thanked Carmichael for bringing up the controversy before repeating the question, "Where is Shelly??"
The twitterverse—although shocked at the joke—also applauded Carmichael and echoed Remini's question.
Many also commented on the audience in attendance.
Remini has been outspoken about her quest to find the truth about Shelly.
In November, the King of Queens actor tweeted a lengthy thread—20 posts to be exact—on information regarding the case.
In the thread, Remini revealed she filed a missing person's case in 2013—eight years after she last had any communication with Shelly.
She shared she was "shocked" when Shelly wasn't alongside her husband at Tom Cruise and Katie Holmes' 2006 wedding, which was a major event for Scientologists.
Remini went on to share her case was opened and closed within hours.
She then learned the detective in charge of the missing person's report as well as LAPD Captain Cory Palka had very close—financially lucrative—ties with Scientology.
Somehow, we don't think we've heard the end of this.