The British “Judas and the Black Messiah” actor was tapped to host the show and came out swinging in his opening monologue with a joke about an allegation made by Meghan Markle during her and Prince Harry’s recent explosive sit-down interview with Oprah Winfrey.
“First of all, I know you’re hearing my accent and thinking, ‘Oh no. He’s not Black. He’s British.’ Let me reassure you that I am Black. I’m Black and I’m British,” he said. “Basically I’m what the royal family was worried the baby would look like.”
The joke was a reference to a portion of Markle, who is half-Black, and Winfrey’s interview in which the Duchess of Sussex revealed that there were “concerns and conversations” about “how dark” her and Harry’s first-born son, Archie, would be prior to his birth. While she did not elaborate on who had those concerns and conversations, Prince Harry told Oprah that Queen Elizabeth and Prince Philip did not participate.
The actor’s comments on racism in the U.K. did not end there as he continued his opening monologue by asking the crowd if they thought…