In a recent interview with The Associated Press, the 68-year-old showrunner discussed the criticism toward execs and casting directors who fail to recruit minority comediennes.
“It’s not like it’s not a priority for us,” he said Thursday. “It will happen. I’m sure it will happen.”
Earlier this year, SNL came under fire for the addition of six new all-White cast members– marking another season devoid of Black women. In the show’s 38-year history, only four cast members have been women of color– Yvonne Hudson, Danitra Vance, Ellen Cleghorne and Maya Rudolph.
Cast member Kenan Thompson seemed to make matters worse with his TV Guide interview last month, explaining that no Black women have been “ready” to take on the job.
For now, we’ll have to settle for hosting roles. Kerry Washington will make her debut Saturday (Nov. 2) with musical guest Eminem.