Blake Shelton may be moving on with Gwen Stefani, but he’s still being dragged for his divorce from Miranda Lambert. Carrie Underwood and Brad Paisley reprised their roles as the hosts of the 2015 CMA Awards, and they weren’t shying away from the country crooner’s divorce, which shocked fans over the summer.
The CMA Awards kicked off the night with jokes about Blake Shelton and Miranda Lambert’s divorce. America’s beloved country duo called it quits after four years of marriage. Not only did Shelton and Lambert announce the shocking split to their fans, but they also divorced in a quick and timely fashion.
Brad Paisley and Carrie Underwood weren’t going to shy away when it came to addressing Blake and Miranda’s split. In fact, they went through the list of A-list couples who have called it quits this year. But of course things got interesting when the hosts talked about country music’s beloved couple: Carrie and Blake.
“Of course we can’t forget the breakup that really rocked our world. The one that’s on everybody’s mind,” Carrie started. “Two people in this very room whom we all know and love – Splitsville.”
The hosts chimed in together, “Look, they’re not even sitting together!”
The camera jokingly panned to Kermit the Frog and Miss Piggy. “Kermit and Miss Piggy, we want you to know we love you both,” Underwood said. “We want you to be happy.”
Brad Paisley chimed in, “On a completely, unrelated topic, howdy Blake!”
But wait, there’s more! Brad asked Carrie, “Have you heard that duet that Blake did with Ashley Madison?” He was poking fun at the controversial dating website Ashley Madison that was hacked earlier this year. In addition, Blake collaborated with Ashley Monroe on the song “We Don’t Have To Be Lonely Tonight.”
Brad and Carrie then sang, “We don’t have to be lonely at farmerslonely.com, Blake!”
The camera then panned over to Shelton, who was not sitting with his new girlfriend even though it’s been rumored that Gwen Stefani would be his date at the awards show. But his ex-wife Lambert was sitting in a different section of the audience and sporting an entirely new look. Shelton took the joke well by laughing and smiling up at his country peers.
That’s probably because the “Sangria” singer knew that he had it coming to him. Last month, Blake revealed to Seth Meyers that he’s preparing for an awkward run-in with his famous ex-wife and for the jokes at the CMA Awards.
“This year’s gonna be awkward at the CMAs, speaking of jokes. Because we are, it’s such a family. Everybody there is friends. There’s gotta one thing about me and Miranda. [Host] Brad Paisley is not doing his job if he doesn’t look down there and go, ‘Ha ha!’ You have to address the elephant in the room. We’ve had the conversations like, ‘Okay, dude. I’ll sit there and let you kick me in the face a few times.’ I know it’s coming.’”
Sounds like Blake Shelton has decided to be a good sport about the ongoing jokes about his divorce at the CMA Awards.
This comes just hours after Gwen Stefani’s rep confirmed the news to Us Weekly about their relationship. That same rep told TMZ that Gwen and Blake want to make their relationship official tonight, Nov. 4, at the awards show in Nashville. Earlier today, an inside source told E! News that Miranda Lambert is not entirely shocked to hear that The Voice co-hosts are dating. It sounds like the “Little Red Wagon” singer has already witnessed some of their flirting when she was married to Shelton.
“She was not surprised to hear of the romance between Blake and Gwen. They were always pretty flirty. Miranda and Blake were on the rocks on and off and knew that this could always be a possibility.”
What are your thoughts on Blake Shelton and Gwen Stefani dating? Were you surprised to hear the news, or did you know it was coming? Do you think they make a cute couple despite their differences? Sound off below in the comments section.
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