Host Michael Che joked that he's keeping count of the diversity of winners at the 2018 Emmys, noting that in six awards only white people have won
Michael Che is keeping the receipts.
“Six awards, all white winners,” Che, 35, noted. “One lady won twice.”
He also gave a quick callback to his joke from the opening monologue that his mom refuses to watch the show because none of the winners “thank Jesus.”
“No one thanked Jesus,” Che said.
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After the musical number to kick off the show celebrated, sarcastically, that the Emmy Awards had “solved diversity,” the winners were all white. Alex Borstein (The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel), Henry Winkler (Barry), Merritt Wever (Godless), Amy Sherman-Palladino (twice, for The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel) and Rachel Brosnahan (The Marvelous Ms. Maisel) were the first six winners.
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People on Twitter also took notice of this dichotomy, and criticized the show.
Shortly after Che’s joke, Regina King won for outstanding lead actress in a limited series or a movie.
The 70th Primetime Emmy Awards, hosted by Michael Che and Colin Jost, are airing live from the Microsoft Theater in Los Angeles on NBC.