Fans of NBC’s The Good Place were sure to recognize Jameela Jamil as she walked the red carpet at the 2019 Golden Globes. But those not familiar with the actor — who plays the name-dropping socialite Tahani Al-Jamil on the hit comedy — might not have noticed an inside joke during E!’s coverage of the awards show, in which the network flubbed Jameela’s name in the best way possible.
As Jameela posed for the Golden Globes cameras, a lower third introducing the actor popped up on E!’s broadcast. But instead of having her name, Jameela Jamil, it read “Kamilah Al-Jamil.” Fans of The Good Place instantly recognized it as her character’s sister’s name. Some might have thought that it was a multi-level mistake (not only getting the actor’s name wrong but also her character’s), but it seems to have just been a reference to how much Jameela’s character Tahani detests her sibling on the series.
In fact, it’s Tahani’s constant competition and comparison to her sister Kamilah (played by Rebecca Hazlewood) that helps land her in the Bad Place. Hell, she even originally died at an event for Kamilah. Walking the red carpet at a glamorous event only to get called her sister’s name is something that would exactly happen to Tahani, so that’s why this moment with Jameela is so fitting.
The Good Place fans were quick to point out the inside joke on Twitter. As one person wrote on Twitter, “That’s her character’s sister’s name, which Tahani would HAAAAATE, and that could not be more perfect for an episode of The Good Place except that it was real life and you know someone at E was SCREEEEAMING.” Netflix also commented on the joke: “Give #TheGoodPlace fan who works at E! one billion dollars for this savage insult on a shot of Jameela Jamil that would ENRAGE Tahani.”
Even the official Twitter account for The Good Place chimed in, writing, “TAHANI FOUND DEAD.”
Later in the night, E! clarified that they did indeed know the actor’s name. The network tweeted, “Jameela, you know we know your name!” And Jameela ended up chiming in on the situation herself once she saw what happened. She tweeted, “E live red carpet. This is legit the funniest thing I have ever seen. What a joyous mistake. Tahani would DIE! LOO LOL LOL.” The Good Place actor followed up with another tweet, “Hands down the greatest of red carpet jokes from whoever did this. It’s made my night.”
It’s safe to say that whoever thought of this joke will likely end up in the Good Place for this hilarious deed.
Source: Teen Vogue