Why Jo Koy Still Considers His Ex-Wife His Best Friend
Relationships March 01, 2023
Jo Koy’s relationship with his ex-wife is a great example of the importance of family!
“My ex-wife is my best friend,” the comedian told Jennifer Hudson on the March 1 episode of “The Jennifer Hudson Show.”
“She goes on all our trips together,” he added, explaining that he invites her on every trip that includes his son. “We’re a team. We made this kid, so let’s share this as a family.
“I love her. I bought her a house right in front of my house. It’s amazing. We have such a great relationship. She’s my best friend, she’s my ride or die.”
Jo also spoke about how he was inspired by none other than JHud’s “Dreamgirls” co-star Eddie Murphy to get into comedy right out of high school. “I saw Eddie Murphy and I just fell in love,” he said. “I wanted to be him. I remember asking my mom for the red leather outfit [from ‘Delirious’].”
He saw Eddie Murphy perform his classic stand-up set “Raw” in person when he was just 15 years old. He bought tickets over the phone using his mom’s credit card while pretending to be his mom!
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“I remember sitting there looking up at the ceiling and just seeing it packed, and I was like, ‘I can’t believe this many people are here to see this,’” he recalled. “Fast-forward to, like, two years ago when I sold out the same arena.”
When he initially told his mom he wanted to be a comedian, Jo said she cried! The tears stopped, though, when Jo was successful enough to buy his mother a house. “Now she’s, like, introducing me, ‘This is my favorite clown!’”
Family is extremely important to Jo — the “Easter Sunday” star takes an annual trip to the Philippines, and he brings his entire family with him.
“I fly them everywhere. Whatever moment that I accomplish, I want to accomplish and share it with them,” he told JHud.
“It’s the best,” he added. “What am I going to do with this money, right? I don’t understand people with money and they hoard the money. Like, bro, there’s no mall in heaven!”
Check out Jo Koy on tour! To get more information, visit jokoy.com/tour-dates.
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