Beyonce may have gotten a lot of award love, but Jimmy Fallon delivered the best burn at Sunday’s Video Music Awards on MTV, at the expense of disgraced swimmer Ryan Lochte.
Fallon strode out late in the show to announce the video of the year. He was clad in a blue warmup suit and blond wig and sported a giant medal around his neck. It was a clear dig at Olympic swimmer Lochte, whose tall tale about being robbed in Rio created an international incident earlier this month. Lochte wound up being charged by Brazilian authorities with filing a false police report after admitting he lied when he claimed he had been robbed at gunpoint.
“Is it too late now to say sorry,” Fallon crooned, crooning the Justin Bieber hit “Sorry.” “That’s my jam! It should be my jam, I wrote it. I wrote that song.”
“In fact, I directed all five nominees for video of the year,” Fallon’s Lochte continued. “I taught Drake the ‘Hotline Bling’ dance.”
“What an amazing year, I’ve had. It’s true,” he added. “I’m the one who gave Adele the flip phone,” a reference to the British pop queen’s smash, “Hello.”
As for the video of the year nominees, the roster provided Fallon with the set-up to his main punchline.
“I couldn’t tell you even if there was a gun to my head,” he said. “Which there isn’t.”
Beyonce ended up winning for video of the year, for “Formation.”