Carrie Underwood and Brad Paisley were among the first to publicly poke fun at the Blake Shelton-Miranda Lambert split when they co-hosted the 2015 CMA Awards at the beginning of November.
Now, in an interview ahead of the American Music Awards, Underwood opened up about delivering the Blake and Miranda joke at the CMAs, saying that she wasn’t nervous about the joke because she and Paisley had made sure that everyone was okay with it.
In delivering the joke, Underwood mentioned a “breakup that really rocked our world — the one that’s one everybody’s mind, two people in this very room whom we all known and love.”
Instead of panning to Blake and Miranda, the camera panned to Kermit the Frog and Miss Piggy.
“Kermit and Miss Piggy, We want you to know we love you both,” Underwood went on to say. “We want you to be happy.”
That’s when Paisley delivered the zinger, saying, “On a completely, unrelated topic, howdy Blake.”
According to E! News, Shelton “took the joke in stride by laughing and smiling.”
Because the split was recent, (Blake and Miranda announced their divorce in July), many questioned ahead of the awards show whether a joke about the split would be in good taste. In some situations, hosts might be uncomfortable delivering the joke, but Carrie Underwood told E! News that it wasn’t a real concern for her because she’d checked the joke with Miranda Lambert and Blake Shelton beforehand.
“Blake is such a good sport. For us, it was everyone is going to expect us to address this, how can we do it without really going there? We thought the whole Miss Piggy and Kermit thing was the perfect way to make a not cute situation cute. We wanted people to giggle and not leave anyone feeling bad. We were checking with parties along the way to make sure everybody knew what was happening.”
E! News also asked Underwood about her opinion on the recently-revealed Blake Shelton-Gwen Stefani relationship. Underwood choose to say very little when asked if she thought Shelton and Stefani were a good couple.
“I have not seen them together yet. You just hope everybody’s happy or will be happy.”
Previous to the CMAs, rumors had swirled about a Blake-Gwen relationship for weeks, but it was only shortly before the show that a rep confirmed that the two The Voice coaches were, in fact, together. In the weeks since, Blake and Gwen have both been called “giddy” in their relationship, displaying a lot of PDA and “acting like teenagers.”
Carrie Underwood is expected to perform “Heartbeat,” her new single from her Storyteller album, at the AMAs. The AMAs are scheduled to air Sunday night at 8 p.m. on ABC.
Of her new single, Underwood told E! News how the song came about.
“It’s a lot coming from me. I don’t do romance very well, at least not in my music. But I felt like when we were writing it, it was just so genuine and I think that’s one of my problems with love songs. It’s all like fairy tales and bubblegum and butterflies. That’s just not reality. I felt like as we were writing it, it was so conversational and this is my life. This is me and my husband just needing to be alone. It doesn’t have to be all presents and Romeo and Juliet. It can be simple and lovely.”
Did you see Carrie Underwood and Brad Paisley deliver the Blake Shelton-Miranda Lambert joke at the 2015 CMAs? What did you think at the time? Do you think differently knowing that all parties were on board with the joke? Why or why not?
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