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Colin Jost Accidentally Roasted His Wife, Scarlett Johansson, On "SNL"

"Fun, harmless, inoffensive jokes, right, Che?"

Last night was Saturday Night Live's yearly Christmas episode, featuring host Kristen Wiig and musical guest Dua Lipa.

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The episode was full of highlights, but my favorite bit was during "Weekend Update," which featured SNL's recent holiday tradition of having coanchors Colin Jost and Michael Che write each other jokes to read on air for the first time.

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They've done it in 2018 and 2019, too.

The ongoing narrative is that Michael does everything he can to mortify Colin, usually by making him tell racist jokes.

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This year, Colin had some zingers of his own, and it seemed like this year's joke swap might finally be a tie.

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But nothing could top the joke Michael made Colin say about his own wife, Scarlett Johansson.

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Scarlett has had a few casting controversies in the past — like when she played a Japanese character in Ghost in the Shell and almost played a transgender character — and told Vanity Fair that she should be able to play “any person, tree, or animal" because "art should be free of restrictions."

I gasped, I sputtered, I laughed gleefully.

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The audience loved it, Michael looked like a child on Christmas morning, and Colin was quite flustered.

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You have to imagine that Michael had been sitting on this one for some time and was waiting for the perfect opportunity to say it.

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But it's all in good fun! Michael and Scarlett are probably friends, and hopefully she has the sense of humor to see why this is a perfect joke.

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You can watch the whole segment right here:

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