Comedian Jay Pharoah appeared on Hot 97’s Ebro in the Morning, Thursday, and he talked about how he felt unappreciated on Saturday Night Live even before they let him go last year.
Pharoah said he felt like his presence was declining during the last months of his run on the show. Pharoah spoke about how his fellow cast members told him he wasn’t being used to his full potential, and that there was frustration when he tried to push back about certain directions the show was taking.
“If you have multiple people on the cast saying things like ‘you’re so talented, you’re so able, they don’t use you and it’s unfair and it’s making us feel bad. They put people into boxes. Whatever they want you to do, they expect you to do…I’m a little fiery too… I’m not a yes n*****.”
Pharaoh went on to say that the show “gave up” on his Barack Obama impression in order to make way for Alec Baldwin‘s frequent depictions of President Donald Trump. Pharaoh also claimed that he nearly lost his job back in 2013 after pushing the show to diversify and get more black people on as cast members and other talent.
The push seems to have worked, however, since Pharoah claimed it was “the reason” why Leslie Jones and Sasheer Zamata were brought on board. Pharoah said he doesn’t regret how he handled things with the show, and that he and executive producer Lorne Michaels don’t have a problem with each other.
“Ain’t no beef with Lorne,” Pharaoh said. “We’re on good graces.”
Watch above, via HOT 97.
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