Kenan Thompson jokes about Netflix, Oscar in the Emmy monologue – The Hollywood Reporter

Kenan Thompson teased a number of current topics, from Netflix stock issues to Hollywood diversity to the controversial 2022 Oscars telecast, during his monologue as a host of the 2022 Primetime Emmys on Monday.

He joked that he is coming Live Saturday nightbut some viewers might know him from his NBC sitcom of the same name before joking: “Not enough to keep us from being canceled.”

Thompson later said of some key candidates: “Stranger things it was hard to watch because it’s so scary Squid game it was hard to watch because it’s so violent, and Yellow jackets it was hard to watch because it’s on Showtime.

Said that Squid game it was about people struggling to make money. “Join the cast of next season: Netflix,” she joked, referring to the downturn in the streamer’s shares. She later praised it Elementary Abbot ‘s team for donating the Emmy marketing budget to public school teachers and added, “It’s about helping the needy, that’s why all my salary from tonight’s show will go straight to Netflix. There are two, Netflix! They’ll never give me a comic special, but that’s okay. ”

The guest said of one of the night’s favorites: “Succession it’s the only show that has three siblings and also no siblings.

Thompson noted that Regina Hall, who hosted this year’s Oscars ceremony, was in the audience. “Surprised that she’s at another awards show – Girl, you’re brave,” she joked, in what appeared to be a reference to Will Smith slapping Chris Rock at the 2022 Academy Awards.

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Previously, Thompson opened the show by joking about the importance of TV: “From Netflix and chill, to Paramount + and dine alone.”

Then he was joined by dancers for a medley of popular television themes. This involved dancing on a red sofa at Friends theme, which led him to allude to the lack of diversity in the NBC sitcom joking: “Have you ever seen Living Single? I really think you’d like it. “

Themes were also included Brady Bouquet And Law and order, the latter led Thompson to comment: “Put some Ice-T in your lemonade.” Afterwards, viewers listened to the title music Stranger things And House of the Dragonwith Thompson wearing a blonde wig in reference to game of Thrones prequel.

Another segment later in the show again referenced the 2022 Academy Awards when Bowen Yang told the crowd he was a backup conductor for Thompson in case something went wrong. After Thompson asked what could go wrong, his SNL the co-star replied: “Have you seen the Oscars?”

The piece included Yang who kept warning Thompson: “You could disappear straight like a show on HBO Max.”

Broadcast from the Microsoft Theater in Los Angeles, the 2022 Emmys airs live coast-to-coast from 8pm to 11pm ET / 5pm to 8pm PT on NBC and is streamed on Peacock. Click here for the full list of winners and click here for photos of the red carpet arrivals.

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