They knew it was coming.
Turns out, Shelton was right.
“It’s cray cray how many couples have broke up this year, from Ben Affleck and Jennifer Garner, Halle Berry and what’s his name,” Brad Paisley said while opening the show with co-host Carrie Underwood.
Underwood replied, “And of course, we can’t ignore the breakup that really rocked our world, the one that’s on everyone’s minds, two people who we all know and love: Splitsville.”
Then the camera cut to Kermit and Miss Piggy, The Muppets characters who split earlier this year.
“Look, they’re not even sitting together,” Paisley said. “Is it me, or does he not even look well?”
“I think he’s kind of looking a little green,” Underwood said.
Paisley carried on, saying, “I know. Maybe it’s his self tanner.”
Underwood ended the segment on a thoughtful note: “Well, Kermit, Miss Piggy, we just want to let you know that we love you both and want you to be happy.”
Then quipped Paisley: “And on a completely unrelated note, Howdy Blake.”
A dapper-looking Shelton took it in stride, laughing and smiling as the camera zeroed in on him.
“Have you heard the song that Blake did with Ashley Madison?” Paisley asked, referring to the controversial dating site before Underwood corrected him: “No, no, that was Ashley Monroe.”
“This year is going to be awkward at the CMAs, speaking of jokes,” Shelton admitted on Late Night with Seth Meyers last month. “[County music] is such a family. Everybody there is friends, you know? There’s gotta be a joke about me and Miranda.”
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“They have begun dating,” added a source. “They’ve been supporting each other through a difficult time and they’re really happy together.”