‘SNL’ Riffs Weekend Update on Oscars, Tucker Carlson and Meghan Markle – Deadline

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Colin Jost kicked off Saturday Night Live’s ‘weekend update’ tonight with some Oscar yucks, including one referencing John Travolta and how he botched Idina Menzel’s name at the 2014 Oscars.

Jost first put together what appeared to be a joke about Donald Trump and Ron DeSantis, as their photos flashed on the screen. “Bitter rivals who have desperately demanded votes and tried to impose their policies on America will finally face each other in person. I’m of course talking about the Oscars tomorrow,” Jost began. “The Motion Picture Academy rejected a request from Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy to make an Oscar appearance, but they promised Volodymyr Zelenskyy would be John Travolta’s way of pronouncing Viola Davis.”

“Oscars organizers say they changed the color of the arrival carpet from red to champagne to make the mood feel softer,” Jost continued. “But I don’t know, going from red to champagne usually turns me into a real bitch.”

Michael Che then addressed President Biden’s proposed budget and explained how $400 million will be allocated to countering Chinese disinformation. “It would target China’s number one source of misinformation, fortune cookies.”

Jost then lashed out at Fox News’ Tucker Carlson, who “released security footage of the January 6 attacks with the violence removed and said it proved it was a peaceful gathering.” It’s like editing all the sex in a porn video and saying it’s a short film about being a stepmom.

Next: a crack from Che about the Duchess of Sussex. “It’s been reported that the organizers of King Charles’ coronation have officially invited Meghan Markle, and that’s fine, with a starting salary of $19.”

Watch the segment below.

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