Seth Meyers mocks Weinstein, Spacey in brutal Golden Globes opening monologue

Seth Meyers hosting the 2018 Golden Globes.
Seth Meyers hosting the 2018 Golden Globes. Photo credit: NBC

Seth Meyers kicked off the 75th annual Golden Globe award ceremony by tackling Hollywood's sexual misconduct head on - with humour.

The Late Night host mocked Harvey Weinstein and Kevin Spacey, two of the many powerful men disgraced by multiple accounts of sexual assault and harassment, among other risque jokes.

Meyers echoed some of the allegations against Weinstein in one of his opening lines.

"They tried to get a woman to host this show, they really did," said Meyers.

"They said, 'Hey, how would you like to come be judged by some of the most powerful people in Hollywood?'. And women said, 'Hmm, where is it?'. They said, 'a hotel', and long story short - I'm your host."

He went on to say that Weinstein wasn't in the room, but will be back in 20 years when he's the first person to be booed at the In Memoriam segment.

Spacey was next in his firing line.

"I was happy to hear they're going to do another season of House of Cards - is Christopher Plummer available for that too? I hope he can do a Southern accent, because Kevin Spacey sure couldn't."

Meyers has credited comedian Ricky Gervais with helping forge the Golden Globes' identity.

"I think he took this show that really wasn't one thing or the other, and made it what it is now, which is a place for a kind of joke that wasn't existing at other award shows," Meyers told Vanity Fair.

Gervais hosted the ceremony from 2010 to 2012, then again in 2016. His monologues were renowned for their biting jokes, with Robert Downey Jr calling them "mean-spirited".