Golden Globes: What happened to Jimmy Fallon's teleprompter?



Jimmy Fallon didn't get much of a break for his first time hosting the Golden Globes, as a teleprompter malfunction right at the beginning of the show forced him to scramble in front of most of Hollywood's leading lights.

Fortunately, the equipment was fixed within minutes, and between the show's "La La Land"-inspired opening extravaganza and Fallon's rollicking monologue, the technical snafu was more of a speed bump than anything else.

TheWrap was able to confirm from multiple cameramen and technical staffers at the Beverly Hilton's International Ballroom that the teleprompter did indeed go down — it wasn't just part of the show. According to those sources, the issue came from a cable underneath the main camera platform at the center of the room.

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BEVERLY HILLS, CA - JANUARY 08: In this handout photo provided by NBCUniversal, Meryl Streep accepts Cecil B. DeMille Award during the 74th Annual Golden Globe Awards at The Beverly Hilton Hotel on January 8, 2017 in Beverly Hills, California. (Photo by Paul Drinkwater/NBCUniversal via Getty Images)
BEVERLY HILLS, CA - JANUARY 08: Actress Amy Schumer (L) and Ben Hanisch attend the 74th Annual Golden Globe Awards at The Beverly Hilton Hotel on January 8, 2017 in Beverly Hills, California. (Photo by Michael Kovac/Getty Images for Moet & Chandon )
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BEVERLY HILLS, CA - JANUARY 08: Actor Hugh Laurie, winner of Best Supporting Actor in a Series, Miniseries or Television Film for 'The Night Manager,' poses in the press room during the 74th Annual Golden Globe Awards at The Beverly Hilton Hotel on January 8, 2017 in Beverly Hills, California. (Photo by Alberto E. Rodriguez/Getty Images)
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The problem was resolved and the prompter came back after a few minutes, but the episode was certainly not the type of cord-cutting Amazon and Netflix (which are responsible for multiple Golden Globe nominees) have in mind.

And after the teleprompter came back to life, Fallon got right to the heart of his material, which included a surprisingly good Chris Rock impersonation and several veiled shots at another showbiz figure who isn't fond of teleprompters, President-elect Donald Trump.

Mikey Glazer contributed reporting to this article.

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