Colin Jost and Michael Che made their debuts as emcees taking the reigns of the 70th Primetime Emmys. The duo are co-head writers of “Saturday Night Live” and are the latest in the procession of “Weekend Update” anchors to host the Emmy telecast, following in the footsteps of former anchors Dennis Miller, Jimmy Fallon, and Seth Meyers. This year marks the first time in a decade that the Emmys has had multiple hosts, and the first time since 1999 that the ceremony was hosted by a duo.
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Che and Jost wasted no time in going political, with pointed jokes about the #MeToo movement, race relations, Roseanne Barr, and Republicans. The pair took some shots at Barr, who had recently announced plans to move to Israel. Che wondered how bad things have to be in order to move to the Middle East to find peace of mind. Much of the monologue focused on television’s efforts to become more diverse, particularly in the area of future reboots of classic shows. Though they might have gone too far for “Atlanta” star Brian Tyree Henry when they suggested an all white version of his show titled “15 Miles Outside Atlanta.”
So how would you rate Che and Jost’s opening monologue?