Country music star Blake Shelton suggested to an Academy of Country Music Awards crowd that actor Jake Gyllenhaal is gay after breaking up with singer Taylor Swift.

Shelton and singer Reba McEntire shared hosting duties at the awards show broadcast on CBS.

The pair poked fun at the thirty-year-old actor for “dumping” the country music starlet who turned twenty one in December.

During the Las Vegas show's opening monologue, McEntire, a 13 year veteran of the show, advised Shelton not to make jokes about Swift: “If you make her mad, she'll write a song about you.”

“She writes songs about guys who break up with her – which I don't understand in the first place,” McEntire added. “She is beautiful, she's talented, she's sweet.”

“What in the world was Jake Gyllenhaal thinking anyway?” she asked.

Shelton shrugged then added, “Wait a minute. He was in Brokeback Mountain,” referring to the 2005 Oscar-winning, Ang Lee-directed romantic drama starring Gyllenhaal and Heath Ledger as cowboys in love.