Jay Pharoah Sounds Off on 'SNL' Firing

During a radio interview on New York's HOT 97 on Wednesday Pharoah claimed that SNL puts people'into boxes, as he felt he became the person on the show to impersonate a number of black celebrities

During a radio interview on New York's HOT 97 on Wednesday Pharoah claimed that SNL puts people'into boxes, as he felt he became the person on the show to impersonate a number of black celebrities

Yesterday, comedian and former Saturday Night Live cast member Jay Pharaoh spoke about his firing from the show, following its last season.

The news of Pharoah's exit was announced in August 2016 by NBC.

On his time on the show: "You go where you're appreciated. You have multiple people on the cast saying things like, 'You're so talented, and you're able, and they don't use you.' It's unfair because they don't use you and you're a talent". What do you mean you're not doing it?' However, the actor couldn't be moved, telling SNL bosses, "I mean I'm not putting on a dress". On Wednesday, Pharoah looked back on the sudden departure with Hot 97's Ebro in the Morning.

Still, Pharoah says he doesn't bear the show, or Michaels, any ill-will. "[SNL] was definitely a good experience and it was a stepping stone to other opportunities", he said, "which I viewed it as that as soon as I got there". "I'm fiery too... I'm not a yes n--a".

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"For the past year and a half they did no Obama sketches".

"I was like, 'Just let me do my character and we'll be fine.' [They] didn't want to do that", he told Hot 97 host Pete Rosenberg, the New York Daily News reports.

The funnyman also told a story of how he nearly git fired even sooner for speaking out on the lack of Black female cast members. Eventually, Sasheer Zamata was hired as just the fifth black woman to star on the show in 2014, and writer and occasional "Weekend Update" guest Leslie Jones was promoted to a cast member later that same year. "I respect the hell out of him, but if I want to talk to you, I'll go up to you, 'Hey man, this is what I'm feeling". Pharaoh also claimed that he almost lost his job back in 2013 after pushing the show to diversify and get more black people on as cast members and other talent.

Pharoah's next move is starring in a Showtime comedy called "White Famous" with Jamie Foxx.

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