TJ Miller called Donald Trump a ‘troll’ during his opening monologue at the Critics Choice Awards and sidestepped mentions of his arrest after he reportedly slapped an Uber driver during a heated argument about the president-elect.
While Miller mentioned the ‘elephant in the room’ twice during his opening monologue, he dodged his own personal controversy and turned the spotlight on Trump instead. He set the audience up by saying, ‘It’s been in the news all weekend, and it’s really affected me,’ before declaring: ‘The election was definitely hacked by the Russians.
Miller took another dig at Trump moments later, saying: ‘Trolls did well this year.
On Friday morning, Miller ordered an Uber after attending the GQ Men of the Year party in Los Angeles, California, and soon found himself in an argument with the driver over Trump, according to TMZ. When the car arrived at Miller’s home, the driver claimed the Silicon Valley actor slapped him in the head, TMZ reported.
Many Trump supporters were dismayed that the actor and comedian was allowed to take on his role as host on Sunday, and Miller suggested he would clear the air.
Miller did just the opposite, setting the audience up on two occasions before diverting the subject.
Miller pleaded with the audience, saying ‘let’s not be upset tonight’, and made the case that ‘TV and film can bring us together’.