Monday, July 6, 2015

Kerry Washington set to host 'SNL' amid show's diversity controversy

Unless your WiFi connection went out yesterday, you're probably aware that Saturday Night Live cast member and star of the greatest movie ever made, Goodburger, Keenan Thompson said some stuff to TV Guide about the lack of diversity on the SNL cast.

Kerry Washington set to host 'SNL' amid show's diversity controversy

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FILE - This May 16, 2013 photo shows actress Kerry Washington at the Academy of Television Art and Sciences´ event in North Hollywood, Calif. Washington married professional football player Nnamdi Asomugha last week in Idaho. E! was the first to report the nuptials Wednesday, July 3, and posted a copy of the couple’s marriage license online.  The 36-year-old actress and 31-year-old athlete were married on June 24 in Hailey, Idaho. (Photo by Richard Shotwell/Invision/AP, File)
FILE - This May 16, 2013 photo shows actress Kerry Washington at the Academy of Television Art and Sciences' event in North Hollywood, Calif. Washington married professional football player Nnamdi Asomugha last week in Idaho. E! was the first to report the nuptials Wednesday, July 3, and posted a copy of the couple’s marriage license online. The 36-year-old actress and 31-year-old athlete were married on June 24 in Hailey, Idaho. (Photo by Richard Shotwell/Invision/AP, File)

Unless your WiFi connection went out yesterday, you're probably aware that Saturday Night Live cast member and star of the greatest movie ever made, Goodburger, Keenan Thompson said some stuff to TV Guide about the lack of diversity on the SNL cast.

Basically, he said that the reason there aren't any black women on the cast is that the black women who have auditioned haven't been ready to take on the role.

When asked what the show would do now when confronted with potential black female characters or celebrity spoofs, Thompson told TVGuide.com, "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."

Instead of blaming showrunner Lorne Michaels or the series, which currently only employs three actors of color out of 16 cast members (Thompson, Pharaoh and the Iranian Nasim Pedrad), Thompson blames the lack of quality black female comedians. "It's just a tough part of the business," Thompson says. "Like in auditions, they just never find ones that are ready."

The statement stirred quite a bit of controversy as blogs the world over chimed in to comment on Thompson's comments.

Then, on Wednesday, wouldn't you know that NBC announced that Scandal star Kerry Washington, who happens to be black and a woman, would be hosting the show on November 2nd. Eminem will be the musical guest on the episode.

Washington's a great actress who will likely serve as a wonderful host on SNL—and her taking on the gig was surely in the works long before the TV Guide piece hit the Internet yesterday—but sh** if the timing of that announcement isn't incredibly convenient. [Deadline]

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