In the age of Beyonce, Oprah and Kerry Washington, it’s hard to believe that a show as versatile as “Saturday Night Live” could have a diversity problem. But, it’s true.
After weeks of criticism and letters from civil rights groups, SNL’s founding producer has finally issued a response to the controversy.
In a recent interview with the Associated Press, Lorne Michaels said he plans to hire a Black female comedian eventually, however he’s not doing any favors.
“It’s not like it’s not a priority for us,” he said. “It will happen. I’m sure it will happen.”
He went on to agree with cast member Kenan Thompson, who said that black female performers aren’t “ready” during the audition process.
“You don’t do anyone a favor if they’re not ready,” he concluded.
Back in October, SNL star Jay Pharoah suggested for Darmirra Brunson to join the team.
“Why do I think she should be on the show? Because she’s black, first of all, and she’s really talented,” he told The Grio. “She’s amazing. She needs to be on ‘SNL.'”
Since this issue is such a “priority,” it will be interesting to see how long it takes show producers to hire a Black leading lady. We’ll be watching and waiting.