Michael Che took his Emmy-hosting duties seriously when he handed out his own “reparation Emmys.”
During Monday night’s awards show, the “Saturday Night Live” star gave the trophies to black actors who never received an Emmy for their work on their shows.
“You know, as a black comedian, for so many years, our TV legends and heroes have gone unrecognized,” Che, 35, said. “So this year as host, I took it upon myself to finally right some of those wrongs.”
In the pre-taped skit, actually handed Marla Gibbs (“The Jeffersons”), Jimmy Walker (“Good Times”), Kadeem Hardison (“A Different World”), Jaleel White (“Family Matters”), Tichina Arnold (“Martin”) and John Witherspoon (“The Mayans Bros.”) real Emmy statues.
Later on in the sketch, Che told White, who starred as Steve Urkel, he was “the OG Black Man.”
“Without you, there’d be no Donald Glover, no Kanye West,” he told White. “There’d be no Obama.”
And in his signature catchphrase, White responded, “Did I do that?”