Tom Brady's Roast Targets Kim Kardashian, Ben Affleck on Netflix

Netflix Special Sees Stars Facing Off in Hilarious Skirmishes

by Zain ul Abedin
Tom Brady's Roast Targets Kim Kardashian, Ben Affleck on Netflix
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Sunday's Netflix special, "GROAT: The Greatest Roast Of All Time: Tom Brady," proved that no celebrity is safe from good-natured skewering. The event, aimed at ribbing the legendary NFL quarterback, inadvertently set the stage for some unexpected drama involving A-list attendees Kim Kardashian and Ben Affleck.

From the outset, host Kevin Hart set the tone, playfully targeting Kardashian. The socialite-turned-business mogul didn't just sit back; she took the podium to roast Brady, which led to a polarizing reception. As Kardashian approached the stage, the crowd's mixed reaction crescendoed into overwhelming boos, a moment so awkward that Netflix later excised it from the broadcast.

Robbie Praw, Netflix's VP of stand-up and comedy, defended the edit as standard practice, aimed at refining the live-to-stream experience, ensuring no ill-timed outbursts mar the special's comedic intent. Kardashian's tough night continued with Brady's sharply crafted joke linking her to her controversial ex-husband, Kanye West, eliciting little more than a strained smile from Kardashian.

Affleck Flounders; Gisele Jested

Ben Affleck's appearance was equally tumultuous. Intending to defend Brady against online critics, Affleck's rant came off as disjointed, prompting viewers to brand his performance as "unhinged" and "out of touch." Social media reactions were swift and brutal, with many calling for the actor not to be invited back to future roasts.

While most jokes targeted Brady and the evening's star-studded panel, Gisele Bündchen, Brady's ex-wife, was also a topic of jest. Comedian Kevin Hart humorously referenced Bündchen's new relationship with her jiu-jitsu instructor, which comedian Nikki Glaser also poked fun at, hinting at the bizarre situation involving martial arts classes.

The roast wasn't just a series of jokes at celebrities' expense; it had real-life repercussions. Sources close to Brady suggest that his children were troubled by the event, and Bündchen herself was reportedly disappointed with the portrayal of her family.

Amidst the laughs, the night underscored the personal stakes involved when public figures are thrust into the comedic spotlight. Will Ferrell, who reprised his iconic role as Ron Burgundy, was absent from the event but still a topic of conversation.

The performance received mixed reviews, with some criticizing it as less amusing than expected, highlighting the subjective nature of comedy.

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