The two comedians walked out arm in arm and appeared ready to set a serious tone for the evening, with Thompson celebrating the people of color who were up for top honors.
“This year’s Emmy Awards has the most diverse group of nominees in Emmy history,” he said before joking, “I’m gonna go ahead a say it, we solved it.”
The two SNL stars then broke into song and dance routine before halting their opening to pay tribute to former 'Grey’s Anatomy' star Sandra Oh, who was making history at the Emmys.
“Sandra Oh is the first Asian woman to be nominated for a Lead Actress Emmy ever,” Thompson said, pointing the star out in the audience.
Oh responded by saying, “Thank you but it’s an honor just to be Asian!”
The comical ‘We Solved It’ song and dance routine also featured Kristen Bell, Sterling K. Brown, Ru Paul, Milo Ventimiglia, and Ricky Martin, who walked onstage at the Microsoft Theater and said, “You haven’t solved it. This song is way too white.”
The track then became a salsa tune before Ru Paul announced there was a call for “Mr. Thompson”.
Thompson picked up a phone and said, “Hello. Oh, we did not solve it. I see. Long way to go. OK. Cart before the horse…”
The grand opening ended with John Legend, as 2018 Emmy co-hosts Colin Jost and Michael Che hit the stage.
The two SNL stars started their portion of the opening bit by trying to make light of Hollywood’s sexual misconduct scandals from the past year.
“This year the audience is allowed to drink in their seats … because the one thing Hollywood needs right now is people losing their inhibitions at a work function,” Jost said.