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Critics’ Choice Host T.J. Miller Leaves Elephant Unbagged: No Mention Of Arrest

Deadline logo Deadline 12/12/2016 Greg Evans
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No, he didn’t. After two false starts promising to address “the elephant in the room,” Critics’ Choice Awards host T.J. Miller did not mention the arrest that kicked off his weekend.

Miller, hosting the 22nd annual Critics’ Choice Awards live on A&E, interrupted his opening monologue jokes to address the first “elephant”: Yes, he said, the election was hacked by the Russians. Then, continuing on with more jokes, he stopped and said, “OK, let’s talk about the real elephant in the room — everyone’s been asking me about it.” The big news? That tonight is the 31st anniversary of A Chorus Line.

Miller’s opening bit, an odd affair with tuxedoed dancers mimicking his every move and gesture, managed to take some swipes at President-elect Donald Trump — the topic that reportedly led to his dispute with a hired driver in the wee Friday morning hours, landing him briefly in police custody. Remarking that this was a big year for trolls, he explained “not the movie,” but “dudes on the Internet; one of them got elected.”

Then literally standing on a soapbox, Miller said, “We’re not a nation divided, we’re a nation broken, and anything broken can be fixed.”

Earlier today, Miller tweeted that he would “address the elephant in the room,” raising the possibility that he’d talk about his arrest. The Silicon Valley and Office Christmas Party star was arrested in Los Angeles  around 1 AM Friday after a car service driver accused him of battery. Citing unnamed law enforcement sources, TMZ later reported that Miller slapped the driver following an argument about Trump.

The actor was released on his own recognizance and was ordered to appear in court January 9.

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