Emmys 2018: Colin Jost and Michael Che take aim at 'Roseanne' during show opener

"Saturday Night Live" stars Colin Jost and Michael Che sounded off on a variety of controversies that have plagued Hollywood over the past year during their opening monologue as hosts of the 2018 Emmy Awards.

The "Weekend Update" hosts most notably took aim at Roseanne Barr and the cancellation of her rebooted ABC hit, "Roseanne," following her racist tweet back in May. When running through a list of shows that were cancelled last season, but picked up by other networks, Jost joked about the show's conservative-leaning audience.

"'Roseanne was cancelled by herself, but picked up by white nationalists," Jost joked.

"She's had a rough year," Che added. "I heard Roseanne is actually moving to Israel. I mean, damn, how messed up is your life when you have to move to the Middle East to find peace of mind?"

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The pair went on to praise Barr's former co-star, Laurie Metcalf, for nabbing a nomination for her performance on the sitcom, despite the show's controversial one-season run.

"That's like nominating a cop for a BET Award," Che added. "It just doesn't happen."

The joke elicited an uncomfortable laugh from the audience, as the camera cut to John Legend and Chrissy Teigen, who delivered one of her infamous awards show reaction faces as she shrunk away from the camera mid-laugh.

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Che and Jost opened the show by welcoming "the many creative people in Hollywood that haven't been caught yet" to the show and noted that, for the first time, the star-studded audience was allowed to drink alcohol from their seats (instead of having to drink them at the bars in the lobby).

"The one thing Hollywood needs right now," Jost said. "People losing their inhibitions at a work function!"

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