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Saturday Night Live stars Michael Che and Colin Jost are leaving the Weekend Update newsdesk to host the 70th annual Primetime Emmy Awards next month. The duo teased what viewers can expect from their first time hosting the awards in the first promo for the show, released Wednesday.
“This year we decide who wins,” Che says in the clip. But Jost corrects him: “No, it’s still the voters.”
“Yeah, we know how that works out,” Che jokes. “Uh, oh! Political!”
The promo comes on the heels of Jost landing in a little hot water Tuesday for comments he made about awards shows in an interview with the Los Angeles Times. “I think most of the time [awards shows] are way too self-serious and focused on things that 99 percent of the country doesn’t care about. At the end of the day, it’s adults getting trophies. Why should that be taken seriously?”
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The duo previously teased their hosting gig in a Vanity Fair interview, telling the outlet that they hoped their appearance would be less political than viewers may be anticipating. “It is kind of fun for us to do something that is not political,” Jost said. “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.”
Going into the ceremony, Netflix leads HBO with the most Emmy nominations, 112 total to 108. It’s the first time HBO hasn’t led all nominees in 18 years.
The 2018 Emmys air Monday, Sept. 17, at 8 p.m. ET/5 p.m. PT on NBC.
Watch the promo below.
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