Saturday Night Live has come under fire this season for its lack of diversity after the addition of five new members to the cast who are all white. Kenan Thompson discussed the controversy with TV Guide.com as well as his decision to no longer cross-dress in sketches.
Kenan explained to the website that showrunner Lorne Michaels should not be blamed for the lack of color on the comedy show because it is more of an issue with the quality of black female comedians. He said, "It's just a tough part of the business. Like in auditions, they just never find ones that are ready."
- The 35-year-old also revealed that his days of cross-dressing to portray famous black women are over. When asked how the show will deal with spoofing things like Scandal, Rihanna, and others, he responded, "I don't know. We just haven't done them. That's what I'm saying. Maybe Jay Pharaoh will do it or something, but even he doesn't really want to do it."
- Jay recently spoke with theGrio about his opinion that the show needs to add a funny black woman and even suggests they choose Darmirra Brunson from Tyler Perry's Love Thy Neighbor.
- Out of 16 current cast members, SNL only has three actors of color -- Thompson, Pharoah, and Iranian Nasim Pedrad.
- In the show's 38-year history, there have only been four female black cast members -- Yvonne Hudson, Danitra Vance, Ellen Cleghorne, and Maya Rudolph
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