Saturday Night Live‘s founding producer Lorne Michaels is delivering on his promise to diversify the cast on the long-running comedy sketch series, according to The Hollywood Reporter.
SNL recently hosted two showcase auditions in Los Angeles and New York to scout new talent following complaints about the lack of minority comediennes on the show. The event was attended solely by African-American women and sources say casting directors will add a new cast member by January.
“It’s not like it’s not a priority for us,” Michaels told the Associated Press in November when asked about casting a Black woman. “It will happen. I’m sure it will happen.”
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.