From the moment he took the stage, Meyers decided the best way was to just lay it all out there. During his opening monologue, he said:
“Considering what has been going on this year with powerful men and their terrible behavior in Hollywood, a lot of people thought it would be more appropriate for a woman to host these awards, and they may be right. But if it’s any consolation, I’m a man with absolutely no power in Hollywood.”
He added that he’s not even the most “powerful Seth” in the room as the camera panned to actor Seth Rogan.
Then, Meyers zeroed in on producer Harvey Weinstein specifically.
“I think it’s time to address the elephant not in the room,” the host told the audience. “Harvey Weinstein isn’t here tonight because, well, I’ve heard rumors that he’s crazy and difficult to work with.”
However, he didn’t end there, and while every awards show pushes boundaries, his next comment was met with audible shock from the crowd.
“Don’t worry, he’ll be back in 20 years when he becomes the first person ever booed during the ‘In Memoriam,'” Meyers stated.
Along with a few laughs and some applause, the audience let out collective “oohs,” which Meyers claimed is exactly how it will sound when Weinstein returns.