Tuesday, Mar. 01, 2011

Chelsea Handler, 2010 MTV Video Music Awards

In her opening monologue at the 2010 MTV Video Music Awards, Chelsea Handler said she hadn't sipped alcohol for a whole week to prepare for her hosting duties. Well, she could have fooled us. The comedienne rambled — yelled, really — through her crass opening remarks like a belligerent drunk, making fun of everyone from Kanye West to Justin Bieber's mom. Misery loves company, which might have been why Handler called on the crowd to be on their worst behavior, telling them she wanted a tongue "shoved some place it's not supposed to be." Critics from the nation's biggest papers blasted Handler's tackiness and "off-color racial humor," but audiences didn't seem to mind. The loose-lipped host brought in 11.4 million viewers that evening, making it MTV's third most watched VMAs.