“It’s not like it’s not a priority for us… It will happen. I’m sure it will happen.”
Founding producer Lorne Michaels, said in an interview with the Associated Press last night, when asked about ongoing criticism of his show’s lack of a black female cast member.
The piece notes Michaels’ emphasis on cast members having sketch comedy experience, differentiating that from stand-up comedy, adding that each new cast member must be seasoned, so that they “won’t be overwhelmed by the pace and attention.“
“You don’t do anyone a favor if they’re not ready,” he said.
So, I suppose the suggestion there is that the black women comics/actresses that they’ve auditioned haven’t been ready?
Those are the only quotes released by the AP. I’d guess that this isn’t something he’s keen on talking about publicly just yet, meaning, pithy statements like that are likely what we can expect for now.
This is a matter that I previously addressed in a lengthy piece, so I won’t rehash my thoughts. If you missed that post, click HERE to read it.
But, as Michaels states, it’s a priority for them, and he’s sure it’ll happen. When? We’ll just have to wait and see. But I’m not holding my breath though, if only because I don’t watch the show anyway.
Maybe perfectly-timed, tomorrow night’s episode of Saturday Night Live will be hosted by Kerry Washington – her debut.