Considering the increasing political divisiveness coming out of Hollywood these days and the history of this year’s chosen hosts, it was no surprise that the Emmy Awards went political.
Hosts Colin Jost (shown above left) and Michael Che (above right), who also anchor “Weekend Update” on “Saturday Night Live,” played it safe in their opening monologue as they targeted the president and conservative actress and comedian Roseanne Barr.
“I don’t know if you know this. The first Emmys were held back in 1949. Things were very different back then — gas was 17 cents a gallon, a new home cost $7,000, and we all agreed that Nazis were bad,” Jost said at the beginning of the program.
That was a lame attack, of course, on President Donald Trump.
— Hollywood Reporter (@THR) September 18, 2018
The comedian later joked about Roseanne Barr, “‘Roseanne’ was canceled by herself, but picked up by white nationalists.”
“I heard Roseanne is actually moving to Israel. I mean, damn,” added Che.
“How messed up is your life when you have to go to the Middle East just to get peace of mind?”
Later, there was this joke about actress Laurie Metcalf’s “Roseanne” Emmy nomination: “Congratulations to Laurie Metcalf. You know how great an actress you have to be to be nominated for ‘Roseanne’ now? That’s like a cop being nominated for a BET Award.”
Barr signed away her creative and financial rights to her show partly to make amends for the controversial tweet that motivated ABC to cancel her show.
The tweet was deemed by some to be racist and targeted Valerie Jarrett, a former aide to Barack Obama.
The hosts also made sure to attack the faithful during the show.
“The only white people that thank Jesus are Republicans and ex-crackheads,” Che joked.
Watch the Emmy Awards’ political opening monologue in the video below: