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Emmy hosts Che, Jost ready for fun, politics, even mishaps

/ 02:32 PM September 14, 2018

Colin Jost, left, and Michael Che, co-hosts for the 70th Emmy Awards, roll out the gold carpet outside the Microsoft Theatre, Thursday, Sept. 13, 2018, in Los Angeles. The awards will be held on Monday. Image: Invision/Chris Pizzello via AP

LOS ANGELES (AP) — Michael Che and Colin Jost, typically stuck behind a desk as “Saturday Night Live” news anchors, are moving to a grander setting Monday as Emmy Awards hosts.

The comedians got in the mood at Thursday’s rollout of the traditional arrivals carpet — yellow-hued this time around, not red, as the ceremony marks its 70th year.

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“This isn’t as gold as I thought it would be. I was expecting a much tackier gold. But this is a reasonable gold,” Che observed.

After carpet duty, he and Jost talked to The Associated Press about the high-profile job of hosting and what it’s like to be tapped for it by Lorne Michaels, their “SNL” boss and this year’s Emmys telecast producer.

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The “Weekend Update” anchors were serious, sometimes. Remarks were edited for clarity and brevity.

AP: How does it feel to get this high-profile gig?

Jost: We love going to the Emmys. Anytime we’re nominated, it feels like a big honor. And to go and get asked to host, and they trusted us, it’s great. Am I right (to Che)?

Che: Your hair is gorgeous.

AP: What did Michaels say about how to approach it?

Che: It was something along the lines of, ‘Have fun out there’ and ‘We trust you.’ So that’s exciting when maybe the greatest producer in TV trusts us with a show. So I think the (TV) academy is in good hands.

AP: Will you include political humor?

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Jost: We don’t totally know yet because we don’t even know what’s going to happen over the weekend politically. There might be some, and there might not.

Che: There’s gonna be political jokes. And we’re gonna come out on the wrong side of history, for sure. We’re aiming toward it.

AP: Some awards hosts who have taken a different approach, such as David Letterman and his ‘Oprah-Uma’ bit at the 1995 Oscars, have fallen flat. Will you be more traditional hosts?

Jost: I don’t even know really what a traditional host for it is.

Che: Ed McMahon. Ed McMahon is a traditional host.

Jost: Well, should we do that?

Che: If we could be half as good as Ed McMahon, we’ve nailed it. We’re Ed McMahon-ing it.

AP: Given the Oscars envelop mix-up, are you concerned about mishaps?

Jost: We have lots of those planned.

AP: Best worst-case scenario for what could go wrong?

Che: All the winners will be announced via Jack-in-the-box (toy). So we’re just going to have to crank and crank and crank till it pops out. And it will be a puppet of the winner’s face.

Jost: That’s a subtle change that you’ll notice. And then the show’s going to be five hours.

Q: Will the ceremony be very “SNL”-ish?

Jost: There will be a lot of people from the ‘SNL’ family involved. But also a lot of people that are just the stars of television now that have nothing to do with ‘SNL’, because people want to see everyone who’s on TV.

Q: Some nominees have said they hope that politics won’t dominate the night. But you two tackle serious issues on “Weekend Update”, so is it a tightrope for you?

Che: We’re overthinking it if we’re thinking about that. It’s a celebration for a lot of people who worked really hard this year to be nominated and (for) a lot of shows that people really enjoy. We’re just gonna have fun at the top and keep the show moving and make sure it’s an enjoyable show to watch.

Jost: You want to make it celebratory. You want people to be laughing and you want people to have a fun time. You’re lucky to be doing this job and you’re lucky to get recognized in some way, so why not make it a fun night? CC

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