NBC's Emmys Host Rips Awards Shows: "It's Adults Getting Trophies"

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Michael Che (left) and Colin Jost

"I think most of the time they’re way too self-serious and focused on things that 99% of the country doesn’t care about," says Emmys co-host and 'Saturday Night Live' co-head writer Colin Jost.

This year's Emmys co-host Colin Jost slammed awards shows in a new interview, which he says "at the end of the day [are] adults getting trophies."

In an interview published Tuesday in the Los Angeles Times, Jost and Emmys co-host (as well as Saturday Night Live co-host of "Weekend Update" and co-head writer) Michael Che discussed their relationship to televised awards ceremonies. While Che said he remembered liking the MTV Awards as a kid, Jost said, "Eh. I think most of the time they’re way too self-serious and focused on things that 99% of the country doesn’t care about. At the end of the day, it’s adults getting trophies. Why should that be taken seriously?'"

The SNL castmember also took a shot at titles that win at industry ceremonies: "And remember when movies like Gladiator won best picture? Why can’t good, fun things win and not just good artsy things? They’re both good, and the fun ones are sometimes a lot harder to make."

Still, a few questions later, Jost mentioned that he was "flabbergasted" that Twin Peaks Returns star Kyle McLachlan was not nominated for a best actor prize. "He played at least four different versions of Dale Cooper in the new Twin Peaks and was amazing at all of them," Jost said. The avant-garde Twin Peaks Returns has been widely interpreted as being experimental and surreal; The Hollywood Reporter's Daniel Fienberg called it "unsettling, weird, funny and basically impossible to review."

Jost's comments took some heat Tuesday on Twitter, with some suggesting that he would be a fan of the Academy's new "popular" film category.

"Please someone help, I accidentally appreciated some art, can you please get Colin Jost to come puncture my sense of self importance?" one critic wrote.

"What if Colin Jost is singlehandedly responsible for the popular film Oscar," another added.

Elsewhere in the interview, Che said that the writing staff for the 2018 Emmys primarily consists of SNL writers, and that he hasn't received any guidelines from the Television Academy about what he can or can't say. "I probably won’t have a clue about what I’m going to say until about 30 minutes before we go to air," he joked.

Jost also said that former host and SNL castmember Tina Fey offered advice for the comedy duo: "Tina told us to keep it moving, which is great advice for almost any situation or occupation in history. Except if you’re one of those guys who pretends to be a statue," he said, referring to his deadpan delivery on "Weekend Update."

The 70th annual Emmy Awards are set to air Monday, Sept. 17, at 8 p.m. ET/5 p.m. PT on NBC.