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Carrie Underwood, Brad Paisley Take on Ebola, Taylor Swift, the President and Renee Zellweger in 2014 CMAs Monologue

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Brad Paisley and Carrie Underwood went there. In what might be remembered as their edgiest monologue in their seven years hosting the CMA Awards, the co-hosts took on politics, epidemics and … Taylor Swift’s turn to pop music.

First was George Strait. The two sang about missing country’s King until Underwood noticed him in the front row. She spent a moment trying to convince Paisley he wasn’t “gone” only to hear that she needed to let go. The tears — especially Underwood’s — felt genuine at the beginning. One wondered if she’d be an emotional mess, being pregnant and all, but she pulled it together.

After Paisley learned the sex of Underwood’s baby (“Suck it TMZ!”) he joked about a nurse in Maryland who was refusing to follow an ebola quarantine. The country co-hosts turned Dolly Parton’s ‘Jolene’ into ‘Quarantine.’

Postpartum Taylor Swift Disorder was the next epidemic they took on, saying, “I’ll be the first to say that President Obama does not care about Postpartum Taylor Swift Disorder.”

“That’s how Democrats lost the Senate,” Underwood chimed in, getting a loud round of applause from the audience inside the Bridgestone Arena in Nashville.

The hosts closed by calling Renee Zellweger a “master of disguise” and talking about Brooks’ return to the stage. “Do you think he’ll sign my baby?” Underwood asked before her co-host let the secret of the night spill.

It’s a boy, by the way.

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