A staple of every single awards show is a celebrity reading copy off a teleprompter that everyone in the world knows they don’t believe in the slightest, but rarely does the presenter break kayfabe and laugh openly in the face of the people she is being forced to compliment. But that’s what happened tonight at the BET Awards when host Tracee Ellis Ross had to introduce a performance by Chris Brown and Kylie Jenner’s boyfriend Tyga.
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“Equally a triple threat,” Ross’ script reads, and that’s about the only part she could get through while maintaining a straight face. After calling the duo “young, sexy, and black,” Ross laughs openly, then says the words “Tyga and Chris Brown” as if someone off camera is holding a loved one hostage.
This is the face of someone performing her job under extreme duress.