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Taylor Swift Wasn’t Amused by Being the Butt of a Joke at the CMAs

Taylor Swift at 2012 CMA Awards
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The CMAs are all fun and games… until someone gets hurt. While hosts Brad Paisley and Carrie Underwood hoped that everyone was in on the joke when they poked fun at country celebs at this year’s awards show, not everyone walked away laughing — specifically Taylor Swift, who took a verbal beating during the opening monologue.

Obviously, Underwood and Paisley picked some low-hanging fruit by poking fun at Swift’s hit song ‘We Are Never Ever Getting Back Together.’ After all, the joke practically writes itself.

“I can’t keep track of all these trades… Peyton Manning is a Bronco,” Paisley said.

“Tim Tebow is a jet,” Underwood responded.

“The greatest trade of the year had to be the Kennedy family, who somehow traded Arnold Schwarznegger for Taylor Swift,” Paisley quipped. Cut the snare drum.

Then Underwood whispered to Paisley, likely telling him that the ‘Red’ hitmaker had called it quits with beau Conor Kennedy.

“Are they ever gonna get back together?” Paisley asked. “Never,” Underwood replied.

“Never?” he asked again. “Never,” Underwood responded for a second time.

Then, of course, they went back and forth with a series of “Ever?” and “Ever” until, frankly, it got a little annoying. Cameras panned to several CMA Awards attendees laughing, but not Swift.

And the cameras didn’t pan to her for good reason — it’s because she wasn’t laughing.

“We’re not trying to hurt anyone with the monologue, we’re just trying to be funny and entertaining,” CMA Awards show executive producer told Country Aircheck (according to MJsBigBlog). “There are so many things that have me waking up wondering if we’re pushing things too far .. You never know for sure how they’re going to take it. Most of the time, I think we hit it pretty well. In that case, [the camera man] couldn’t tell, so he didn’t want to cut to her. It’s better to err on the side of being conservative.”

That’s a pretty diplomatic answer, but the ‘Begin Again’ hitmaker confirmed that she wasn’t amused by the joke. When the New York Times asked Swift why the cameras didn’t show her, she replied: “They don’t pan to you if you’re not laughing.”

Usually Swift is a good sport, but news that she and Kennedy had split surfaced right before the CMA Awards aired. Most likely, she wasn’t ready to laugh about it with millions of viewers just yet.

Next: See Who Taylor Swift Has and Hasn't Dated

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