Kenan Thompson Says Black Female Comics Not ‘Ready’ For ‘SNL’

Rucuss staffOctober 15, 2013

Saturday Night Live star Kenan Thompson rubbed many women in the African-American community the wrong way after his unfavorable comments in a recent interview.

Thompson, who is also African-American, was asked about what the show will do when the need to spoof a black female character arises and he told TVGuide.com, “I don’t know. We just haven’t done them. Maybe [Jay Pharaoh] will do it or something, but even he doesn’t really want to do it.”

SNL currently employs only three actors of color out of 16 cast members, which are Thompson, Pharaoh and Iranian Nasim Pedrad. It’s alarming being that the show opened its 39th season two weeks ago with six new cast members that are all white.

TV Guide reports that since SNL has been on the air, the series has only had four black female cast members: Yvonne Hudson (1980-81), Danitra Vance (1985-86), Ellen Cleghorne (1991-95) and Maya Rudolph (2000-2007).

After Thompson’s article went viral, Twitter blasted the comedian for his opinion. Check out a few comments below.

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Photos via ScreenCrush.com, Bossip.com and TVGuide.com

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