Jo Koy says he is ‘just supporting’ Taylor Swift following backlash over his Golden Globes 2024 joke

Jo Koy claimed he’s a Swiftie days after he made fun of Taylor Swift during the 2024 Golden Globes.

“I didn’t understand the Taylor [Swift] tiff,” he told the Los Angeles Times in an interview published Thursday.

“What hurts the most is me just supporting Taylor, I support her, I love her work. I got nieces that I bought tickets for. There’s no ill intent in that joke.”

During his opening monologue as a first-time host of the Golden Globes, the 52-year-old comedian made jabs at Swift, saying, “The big difference between the Golden Globes and the NFL? At the Golden Globes, we have fewer camera shots of Taylor Swift.”

However, when the joke fell flat, he quickly added, “Sorry about that.”

Despite apologizing, the 12-time Grammy winner wasn’t amused by the jab as she glared at him while sipping her drink.

“What hurts the most is me just supporting Taylor, I support her, I love her work,” he told the Los Angeles Times Thursday while addressing the criticism. AP
“I got nieces that I bought tickets for,” he added. “There’s no ill intent in that joke.” Golden Globes 2024 via Getty Images

During his interview with the LA Times, Koy specified that the statement was supposed to take a shot at the NFL and not her.

“It’s like, the cool thing about the [Golden] Globes is we don’t need to do cutaways for ratings,” he further explained.

Earlier in the week, he made a similar comment to “Entertainment Tonight,” saying that he thought the NFL cutaways of her at the games were “cute.”

Koy had fans fuming during Sunday’s show after he made the jab. Getty Images
“The big difference between the Golden Globes and the NFL? At the Golden Globes, we have fewer camera shots of Taylor Swift,” he said to a quiet audience. Getty Images for for CinemaCon

Of course, Swift is well aware of the mixed reactions her appearances at NFL games have garnered as she supports her Kansas City Chiefs tight end beau Travis Kelce.

Despite her presence at Chiefs games bringing in an entirely new demographic of viewers, some NFL fans think her simply being there is too much and have even blamed her for causing the Chiefs to play horribly.

However, that is far from the truth, as she has statistically done the opposite.

Swift did not look amused after the jab. CBS
She kept a fairly straight face and sipped her drink. CBS

The “Red” songstress addressed her screen time at NFL games during her 2023 Time Person of the Year profile, saying, “There’s a camera, like, a half-mile away, and you don’t know where it is, and you have no idea when the camera is putting you in the broadcast, so I don’t know if I’m being shown 17 times or once.”

She added, “I’m just there to support Travis.”

“I have no awareness of if I’m being shown too much and pissing off a few dads, Brads, and Chads.”