Hosts swipe at Roseanne and Trump in Emmy monologue
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The opening monologue of Monday night's primetime Emmy Awards was full of political jokes and observations, even as President TrumpDonald John TrumpWhite House sued over lack of sign language interpreters at coronavirus briefings Wife blames Trump, lack of masks for husband's coronavirus death in obit: 'May Karma find you all' Trump authorizes reduced funding for National Guard coronavirus response through 2020 MORE's name went unmentioned.

"Saturday Night Live" writers and Weekend Update co-anchors Michael Che and Colin Jost took swipes at Roseanne Barr, the lack of diversity in Hollywood and indirectly mocked Trump during a 10-minute monologue that featured some awkward looks from audience members.

"The Obamas now even have their own production deal at Netflix," Jost said. "My dream is that the only thing they produce is their own version of 'The Apprentice,' and it gets way higher ratings." 


Jost also poked fun at Barr, who was fired from her eponymous sitcom earlier this year after making racist comments about former Obama administration adviser Valerie Jarrett. Barr's show was canceled by ABC, he joked, but she was "picked up by white nationalists."

The network later announced it would produce a version of the show without Barr.

References to diversity and race were a theme throughout the opening monologue of the 70th primetime Emmys.

Che and Jost, who routinely skewer Trump on "SNL," observed that the first show aired in 1949, a time when they said gas and homes were cheaper, and "we all agreed that Nazis were bad."

The show opened with a musical number led by "SNL" stars Kenan Thompson and Kate McKinnon in which they declared "we solved" the lack of diversity in the industry, and poked fun at the left-leaning nature of most of its members.

"I’m going to go ahead and say it. We solved it," Thompson said.

"So diversity is not a problem in Hollywood anymore?" McKinnon responded. 

"Nope, we solved it," Thompson said, before launching into a cameo-laden musical number.

The performance ended as RuPaul Charles of "Drag Race" alerted Thompson that he had a phone call.

“Oh, we did not solve it?" Thompson said into the phone. "Long way to go? OK ... Cart before the horse? Well I appreciate your call."