Talk about an awkward moment.
Jay Mohr hosted the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Awards Ceremony on Friday in Las Vegas, and things became uncomfortable after he told a Danica Patrick joke.
“Danica, I hope you’re not too uncomfortable tonight. I know you’re not used to being this close to the front,” Mohr joked.
The audience was taken aback by the shot at Patrick, and you could tell that neither Patrick nor boyfriend Ricky Stenhouse Jr. were amused. Just look at Stenhouse’s stone-cold glare:
Mohr quickly tried to defend himself by noting it was a comedy show and he’s supposed to tell jokes. When that didn’t work, he attempted to smooth things over with some praise of Patrick. That didn’t work either.
Later, still apparently stung by the jab, Patrick referenced Mohr while accepting a fans award.
“I have amazing fans … and I think it’s pretty safe to say Jay Mohr is not one of them,” she said.
That line prompted Mohr to make another effort to smooth things over. His last attempt seemed to finally thaw some of the iciness.
I’m a fan of Mohr’s comedy and don’t have a problem with him telling a Danica joke, but that one was just too easy. He can do much better. As for Danica, well, she’s notoriously thin-skinned, so you have to be delicate when dealing with her. Otherwise you’re going to end up with her giving you the “not impressed face.”
H/T From the Marbles