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Saturday Night Live‘s Colin Jost and Michael Che hope that politics don’t overshadow their stint as co-hosts of this year’s Emmy Awards.
The 2018 Emmy Awards mark the fourth major awards show since the beginning of the #MeToo movement. While Seth Meyers and Jimmy Kimmel received praise for the ways they handled the topic during this year’s Golden Globes and Academy Awards, Jost and Che hope their turn as hosts will be less politically charged.
“It is kind of fun for us to do something that is not political,” Jost told Vanity Fair in a story published Thursday. “The exciting part is to do things about television and that particular awards ceremony and make it, in general, less political than normal. There’s a lot to celebrate in television right now. It’s a very strong time.”
Jost added that he thinks the #MeToo movement may not be as dominant of an issue by the time the awards show airs. “I think that by [the Emmys], people are going to be desperate to give men a chance, finally,” he joked. “It’ll probably be #HeToo by then.”
Jost revealed that he and his “Weekend Update” co-host Che do not have definitive plans for what they want to address during the kudocast. He said that the current news cycle is too fast-paced to prepare for the monologue ahead of time. “Anything that you do now would feel old,” Jost said. “Not even on an individual joke level, but even knowing the whole tone of the country at that point is hard to know now.”
When asked which show they hope wins big at the upcoming ceremony, Che responded, “Roseanne.” Added Jost, “But just the politics. I don’t like the comedy; I only like the politics.” The comedy recevied just two nominations after ABC canceled the highly rated sitcom revival following star Roseanne Barr’s racist tweet about former Obama advisor Valerie Jarrett.
The 70th annual Primetime Emmy Awards are set to air live Monday, Sept. 17, on NBC from Los Angeles’ Microsoft Theater.
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