Ali Wong’s Golden Globes acceptance speech contained an unexpected comment about her ex-husband.

Ali Wong and Justin Hakuta were married for eight years before deciding to part ways, but today, Wong proved there was no bad blood between the two by mentioning him in her Golden Globes acceptance speech.

The comedian and actress won the Golden Globe for best actress in a limited series, anthology series or a motion picture made for television for her role in Beef, going head to head against some of Hollywood's biggest names.

Before taking the stage, Wong shared a kiss with boyfriend Bill Hader, who she started dating after her split from Hakuta.

Overwhelmed with emotion, Wong started by thanking her Netflix family, saying, "I really need to thank Sunny so much for creating such a beautiful show and inviting me to be a part of it, and the friendship that I made with you and Steven [Yeun] and Jake [Schreier] and the rest of the cast and crew will always be the best thing that came out of Beef."

Then, she thanked her former spouse. 

"I really need to thank the father of my children and my best friend, Justin, for all of your love and support. It's because of you that I'm able to be a working mother."

Ali Wong won a Golden Globe for her role in Beef. Image: Getty.


While this was Wong's first Golden Globe win, she's received critical acclaim in the past for her Netflix standup shows, including her most recent special Ali Wong: Don Wong

In fact, Ali Wong: Don Wong made headlines for a myriad of reasons after the comedian made several jokes about her marriage and how envious she was of single people.

During the special, she said she "too, was once free" but "like an idiot, I asked this dude to ask me to go to prison. And now I'm in monogamy jail and I don't know how to get out."

Wong also made jokes about infidelity, saying she'd "love to cheat" on her husband, but she can't "afford to get a divorce."

"I need my husband way more than he needs me," she said.

Two months later, Wong and Hakuta announced their separation.

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According to Wong's 2019 memoir, Dear Girls: Intimate Tales, Untold Secrets & Advice for Living Your Best Life, the comedian and actress met her ex-husband Hakuta, the son of inventor and TV personality Ken Hakuta (also known as Dr. Fad), at a friend's wedding reception in 2010.

The couple got married four years later in 2014, and welcomed two daughters - Mari, in 2015, and Nikki, in 2017.

During her first Netflix special, Baby Cobra, Wong recalled their first meeting, saying she thought Hakuta was out of her league. She joked that after she found out he attended Harvard Business School, she came up with a plan to "trap his ass". 

Following his father's footsteps, Hakuta is a successful entrepreneur and former vice president of multi-million dollar technology company, GoodRx.

"It was crazy. My wish came true," she said during Don Wong

"He proposed, we got married, we bought a house, had two kids. Fast-forward to seven years later, present day, I'm, like, I don't know why I did that. 

"I think that what happened was, at the time, my future in comedy was looking very uncertain. I was really struggling and I panicked. I was like, 'I don't know if I can make it in this world on my own. So I better trap this dude who graduated from Harvard Business School so that I don't end up homeless.' 

"But now, I know that I can make it on my own. So I kind of wanna just be on my own. Only other married people with kids can empathise with the deep envy I feel towards you single people. OK, you don't know how free you are."


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In her memoir, Wong said the couple got a prenup prior to the wedding. 

"I was very motivated to make my own money because I signed a document specifically outlining how much I couldn't depend on my husband," she wrote. 

"My father always praised 'the gift of fear' and that prenup scared the sh*t out of me. In the end, being forced to sign that prenup was one of the greatest things that ever happened to me and my career."

Wong ended her most recent special praising Hakuta, saying he "bought low" when they met.

"He was smart enough to choose me, to invest in me when I was 20 pounds heavier, had chronic acne and no money," Wong said. 

"He bought low, and if we get divorced, he gonna sell high."

She also noted how good of a husband he was.

"You put me in my place, and then you give me permission to be myself. And then you tell me what to do. And then you celebrate me," she said. 

"And that, single people, is what healthy marriage looks like."

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