Last year, at a time when the cast of Saturday Night Live had only four women of color over its 38 year history, cast member Kenan Thompson defended the NBC show’s lack of Black women.
Speaking to TVGuide, Thompson deflected blame for the show’s predominantly white cast onto the industry, identifying the lack of Black women among the cast as “just a tough part of the business. Like in auditions, they just never find ones that are ready.”
In reference to the all-white new additions to the show that year, Thompson said, “They’re all contributing in different ways, I think. They’ve been doing great job so far. They’re all very, very smart and talented, so that’s how it is. That’s the kind of people, I guess, that get the job.”
SNL finally hired a Black female cast member in January 2014.