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Jay Pharoah Talks About Being Fired From "SNL"

I miss Jay.

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The guy who did all those amazing impressions.

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And the reason why SNL finally had sketches about black celebrities.

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You might remember that Jay was rarely featured in sketches unless he was doing an impression of a black celebrity. He explained that at SNL, performers are put into boxes.

Which according to this interview with David Chappelle, is a trope that black male comedians are asked to do a lot.

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Also, it's hacky.

Jay also talked about the backlash he received after speaking up about the lack of black women on the show. He said the producers "were ready to get rid of me in September 2013 when I spoke up."

In 2014 after public outcry, SNL hired three black women — Sasheer Zamata, Leslie Jones, and LaKendra Tookes — and Jay claimed some responsibility for making that happen.

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