Colin Jost Jokes About Scarlett Johansson’s Body on ‘SNL’ ‘Weekend Update’

Behind-the-Scenes Look at Colin Jost and Scarlett Johansson

by Zain ul Abedin
Colin Jost Jokes About Scarlett Johansson’s Body on ‘SNL’ ‘Weekend Update’
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In a lighthearted yet awkward moment, Colin Jost found himself making a joke about his wife, Scarlett Johansson, during the "Weekend Update" segment on the "Saturday Night Live" Season 49 finale on May 18. This fan-favorite segment involves Jost and co-anchor Michael Che swapping offensive jokes without prior knowledge of their content.

During the segment, Jost, 41, was caught off guard by a joke written by Che, 41, about Johansson, 39. As Jost faced the camera, an image of Johansson appeared with the label “ChatGPT”. Attempting to contain his laughter, Jost delivered the punchline: “ChatGPT has released a new voice assistant feature inspired by Scarlett Johansson’s AI character in ‘Her.’ Which I’ve never bothered to watch, because without that body, what’s the point of listening?” After delivering the joke, Jost covered his face in embarrassment, while the live audience erupted in laughter and cheers.

Che, observing his co-host’s reaction, couldn't help but smile and chuckle.

Relationship Origins and Humor

Ironically, Jost and Johansson owe their relationship to "SNL." The couple met in 2017 when Johansson hosted the show, and they later married in 2020, welcoming their son Cosmo the following year.

Johansson also has a 9-year-old daughter, Rose, from her previous marriage to French journalist Romain Dauriac. In a 2022 appearance on "The Kelly Clarkson Show," Johansson revealed that Jost often tests his jokes on her, with mixed results.

“He’ll love a play on words or a pun that have now become dad jokes,” she said. “They used to be just like duds and now they’re dads”. In another interview with Kelly Clarkson in 2021, the "Black Widow" star admitted to feeling anxious while watching Jost perform live on "SNL." “I now rarely watch without having a sense of … not overwhelming panic, just like a slight underwhelming panic, because I just feel like at any moment something’s going to fall apart,” she explained.

“And that’s the excitement of ‘SNL’ and for all audiences, right? Because it’s absolutely live”. Johansson continued: “But when you’re emotionally invested in it, and not just entertained by it, it takes on a little bit of a different life”.

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