Jerrod Carmichael apologised to Jennifer Coolidge “on behalf of all the gays” for what she endured on The White Lotus.
In the show’s season two finale, the Legally Blonde star was targeted by “high-end gays” trying to murder her character, Tanya McQuoid, in what has since become a viral moment.
After managing to take a few of them out, Tanya falls off a yacht, knocks her head on a dinghy and proceeds to drown to death in the Ionian Sea.
As he hosted the 2023 Golden Globes, Carmichael took the opportunity to tell the gay icon how sorry he is for what her character went through.
“As a gay man, I want to apologise to her on behalf of all of the gays for what we did to her on that boat,” the comedian declared as he introduced Coolidge so she could present an award.
Soon after the episode aired, the actress revealed that she “wasn’t happy” about the fate her character was met with.
“But Mike White’s a genius — I knew my ending would be good,” she told Variety. “When he told me I was going to die, he didn’t have the ending yet, he hadn’t completely orchestrated it out. I was kind of bummed, but Mike knows how to tell a story better than anyone I know, so I knew I just had to trust it. You can’t talk Mike White out of anything, so I’ll just have to go on some different adventures this year and maybe go visit Mike when they’re filming [Season 3].”
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Coolidge explained that the storyline was “so Mike White” and not something she could have come up with herself.
“Gay men can be catty, but mostly they are the good guys in a lot of films that I’ve seen,” she added.
“But Mike White made these guys kind of wicked, very corrupt soulless guys.
“He told me, ‘You end up getting taken in by this group of — well, let’s just say they’re evil gays.’ I just got so riveted, I was so enthralled.
“You know, Tanya’s not onto them, but she’s finally being appreciated and she’s finally having a good time on this horrific trip.”
The 2023 Golden Globes took place on 10 January and you can find a full roundup of the night here.