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Jay Pharoah former SNL cast member, "I'm not a Yes Nigger"

Pharoah, who was most famous for his portrayal of President Barack Obama, says that he was put into an “impression box” where he was asked to do all the black impressions on the show. But when he refused to do certain bits, such as wearing a dress, the reaction was, “‘What do you mean, you’re not doing it?!'”

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The comedian’s contract with “SNL” was not renewed last summer, after starring on the NBC series for six seasons. He alleges that the show almost fired him for speaking up about the lack of diversity among the cast, calling the series, “Wonder Bread — straight up.” “I was at the audition and me speaking up, they were ready to get rid of me in 2013 when I spoke up,” he said about the casting call for African-American women. “When I said what I said and it went viral … I almost lost my job.” “I’m just a little more affirmative than some of the other cast members. A lot of people are scared of Lorne. Lorne, I respect the hell out of him,” he said. “I like Lorne. Ain’t no problem with Lorne Michaels … there ain’t no beef with Lorne. We’re on good graces and everything, but there have been some shaky times and that time was a shaky time.” “If you really noticed, for the last year and a half, they didn’t do any Obama sketches at all. I was like, ‘Just let me do my character, and we’ll be fine.’ They didn’t want to do that, No disrespect to them, but I kind of feel like they gave up … gave up on the Obama thing … I think it was just a whatever attitude.” As for what he'll be doing post-SNL there is no reason to be concerned. Pharoah has landed the lead role on Showtime’s upcoming series “White Famous.” and he continues to do stand-up. He said, “I’ve got superfans. They show up to my shows and they say, ‘Fuck ‘SNL.” I’m like, ‘Wow, I feel you, my nigger.'”
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Dave Chappelle agrees (#96)
by Orion on April 15, 2017, 9:24 p.m.

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