The Best and Worst Moments of the 2018 Emmys

The Best and Worst Moments of the 2018 Emmys
Emmys host Michael Che says the only white people who thank Jesus at award shows are Republicans, ex-crackheads
Michael Che and Colin Jost took a break from their “Weekend Update” duties on Saturday Night Live to host the 70th Primetime Emmy Awards on Monday. The comedic duo took jabs at everyone from Roseanne Barr to Netflix during their opening monologue. While some jokes failed to land — raise your hand if youre still cringing after Che said The Handmaids Tale was “Roots with bonnets” — the show opener also delivered a few knee-slappers like when Jost joked about an all-white reboot of Atlanta.

And the jokes werent limited to the monologue; the show featured zingers from Sandra Oh, Kenan Thompson and more presenters. If you missed the ceremony and dont feel like wading through the awkward moments to get to the laughs, weve got you covered! Here are the best jokes from the Emmys:

Share Share Hollywood had a breakdown trying to justify itself at the 2018 Emmys share tweet Linkedin Reddit Pocket Flipboard Email Photo by Kevin Winter/Getty Images There have now been 70 Emmy Awards ceremonies. That was made abundantly clear throughout this years telecast, with jokes like, Things were very different back [in 1949, when the awards launched] — gas was 17 cents a gallon, a new home cost $7,000, and we all agreed that Nazis were bad. Certainly over the course of those 70 years, the Academy has made some embarrassing decisions. The Wire never won an Emmy, for example. Neither did Buffy the Vampire Slayer, Star Trek: The Next Generation, or Hannibal. Two and a Half Men, meanwhile, won nine of them. The first Emmy Awards gave one of its six trophies to a ventriloquist! And thats all before getting into the systematic devaluing and ignoring of stellar performances from people of color for the better part of a century now.

The old unwritten rule that men should stick to simple black suits and ties on awards carpets has been gradually changing over the years, but the 70th Primetime Emmy Awards firmly killed that notion for good. Whether it was Darren Criss in his funky patterned suit, RuPaul in a chic, punk-influenced moment or Chris Sullivan being the definition of peacocking, this was the year the boys showed the rules have finally been forever changed.

To be fair, it cant be easy making a three-hour TV special under the judgmental gaze of some of the most powerful people on earth. As irritating as I find Colin Jost and Michael Che, the bind they were in — to deliver ratings by appealing to the broadest segment of viewers, while also acknowledging the fact that the industry is basically in crisis, in terms of both #MeToo and diversification issues — could easily have sunk far better hosts. The pressure for awards shows has mounted exponentially every year, as Hollywoods inadequacies grow more and more apparent. This year, however, it seems the Emmys started cracking under the weight of all that irony.

Emmys host Michael Che says the only white people who thank Jesus at award shows are Republicans, 'ex-crackheads.' The joke didn't sit well with some viewers.

The 70th Annual Emmy Awards kicked off with a slew of political jokes and jabs as expected. But one remark from co-host Michael Che left many viewers upset.

The fight to appear relevant, self-aware, and in touch has led to more political themes taking the front seat at shows like the Golden Globes and Oscars. But theres a strong tension there, as the Television Academy wants to avoid alienating a polarized audience that may be offended by any political content outside of its preferred brand. That tension came to a head in last nights Emmys broadcast, a surreal, dissonant descent into the uncanny valley of intent vs. impact that was somehow even more embarrassing than the Academys simple traditional snubbing of good television.

During Ches opening monologue with his fellow "Saturday Night Live" star Colin Jost, Che explained that his mother would not be watching the show on Monday night.

Last years ceremony appeared to signal a shift in the thinking of TV Academy voters, and an attempt to course-correct on the Emmys longstanding insularity: all three lead actor awards went to men of color, while a solid chunk of the other major writing and directing awards went to a relatively diverse pool of winners. But at the same time, the 2017 telecasts ratings hit a new low; the total viewership remained on par with 2016s, but that paltry audience of 11.4 million saw a significant drop in the key 18 to 49 age demographic.

"My mother is not watching," Che said. "She says she doesnt like watching white award shows because you guys dont thank Jesus enough."

He continued, "Thats true. The only white people that thank Jesus are Republicans and ex-crackheads."

"Okay @DaytimeEmmys #MichaelChe I am not a Republican neither an ex- crack head do I get to thank #Jesus according to your standards? Im a believer any and WILL thank JESUS! Really bad writing," one user wrote.

"More Colin Just and Michael Ches opening monologue bombed harder than I ever could have dreamed," another tweeted.

"This has to be one of the dumbest remarks Ive ever heard from some Hollywood actor. Absolutely outrageous!" another tweet read.

Before Che and Jost took the stage, the Emmys started with a song whose chorus was "We Solved It," a comic ode to the diversity of nominees — and Hollywood self-satisfaction.

"Saturday Night Live" stars and Emmy nominees Monday night Kate McKinnon and Kenan Thompson started the song, pointing out that Sandra Oh could become the first woman of Asian descent to win an Emmy.

They were joined by Tituss Burgess, Kristen Bell, Sterling K. Brown and Ricky Martin, who declared the song "too white" and gave it a Latin turn.

Andy Samberg showed up to ask in song if there was a place for a straight white male in the song before being sent off. Martin and Samberg were met with loud cheers inside Microsoft Theater.


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