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Jay Pharoah Slams 'SNL' After His Departure, Says He Wasn't 'Appreciated' Anymore

Jay Pharoah Slams 'SNL' After His Departure, Says He Wasn't 'Appreciated' Anymore

Jay Pharoah is opening up for the first time about his departure from Saturday Night Live.

The 29-year-old comedian shared in an interview with HOT 97 that he felt underappreciated on the hit sketch comedy show.

“You go where you’re appreciated,” Jay said. “They put people into boxes. Whatever they want you to do, they expect you to do. And I’m fiery too… I’m not a ‘yes n—–.’ That’s not me.”

In August, it was announced that Jay and cast mate Taran Killem would not be returning for the new season.

Jay – who was best known for his portrayals as President Barack Obama and Jay Z – also said that SNL “gave up” on Obama and didn’t let him portray the former president anymore.

“If you really noticed, for the last year and a half, they didn’t do any Obama sketches,” Jay said. “I was like, ‘Just let me do my character and we’ll be fine.’ [They] didn’t want to do that.”

Jay also claims that he was the one that pushed for diversity and is “the reason” that Leslie Jones and Sasheer Zamata were hired on the show.

Watch Jay Pharaoh‘s full interview below.

Jay Pharoah Reveals Why He Was fired from ‘SNL’ – HOT 97
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  • poangielsku

    Jay wasn’t funny. He said it himself: “let me do my character” – he was a one trick pony. Leslie Jones is another one – she can do loud and shouty, and that’s it. And even then she flubs her lines half the time. Pete Davidson could also be dropped. No idea what he’s doing on that show. I guess Lorne just wants someone young, no matter the talent. It’s a shame Taran was dropped. Him and Cecily were great together.

  • disqus_KwgiMZNJ54

    Jay was amazing at impressions, but that was literally all he could do. I did not find him funny or interesting beyond that.

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