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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

VIDEO: Jay Pharoah Freestyles to Eminem, Jay-Z, & More, Calls Out Shia LaBeouf

Jay Pharoah is giving Shia LaBeouf a run for his money in this new freestyling video!

The 29-year-old actor and SNL alum showed off his rapping skills during an interview on DJ Whoo Kid’s Whoolywood Shuffle show on Shade 45 on Thursday (December 29).

PHOTOS: Check out the latest pics of Jay Pharoah

Shia LaBeouf has some competition,” Jay says, referring to Shia‘s recent freestyle videos that have been making headlines. “Shout-out to Shia LaBeouf man, I’ve seen that s–t.”

In the video, Jay freestyles to beats from Eminem, Jay-Z, The Weeknd, and more.

He goes on to talk about his career as well as how pumped he was when his Eddie Murphy started following him on social media – Eddie even made him cry tears of happiness once!

Watch below to find out more.

Jay Pharoah Freestyles as Eminem, Jay Z, The Weeknd and More (Video)

Gigi Hadid's AMAs Co-Host Jay Pharoah Defends Melania Trump Impression

Gigi Hadid‘s 2016 American Music Awards co-host Jay Pharoah is coming to her defense over her controversial Melania Trump impression during the show’s opening this past weekend.

VIDEO: Watch Gigi Hadid’s Melania Trump impression

“Everybody pump the brakes one damn minute! Over the last 8 years the beautiful Michelle Obama has been the victim of excessive slurring! The Beautiful Flotus has been called Ape, Gorilla, Monkey, Manish, Ugly, Disgusting, ‘Not fit to be in the whitehouse,’ always physically attacked by the general populous, nobody really snaps about it! Flotus has always been on point with the wordplay in her speeches. At the AMA’S we exaggerated a SPEECH THAT ACTUALLY HAPPENED, where Melania CLEARLY PLAGIARIZED(cause that was the joke) didn’t call her ugly, manish, or anything, and everybody LOSES IT?! Really? GTFOH,” Jay wrote on his Facebook.

If you missed it, Gigi also responded to the backlash in a handwritten note on her social media.

VIDEO: Gigi Hadid Impersonates Melania Trump During AMAs Opening Monologue!

Gigi Hadid is hosting the 2016 American Music Awards tonight (November 20) and she debuted her impression of our future First Lady Melania Trump during the opening monologue!

The 21-year-old model was joined on stage by co-host Jay Pharoah, who did a bunch of impressions, so Gigi prepared one of her own.

“I love my husband, President Barack Obama and our children, Sasha and Malia,” she jokingly said while impersonating Melania.

“I got through it!” Gigi said while shaking off some nerves after doing the impression. Watch the full opening monologue in the video below!

FYI: Gigi is wearing an Atelier Versace dress.

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Jay Pharoah Promises AMAs 2016 Will Be 'Lit Like a Biatch'

Jay Pharoah is promising a really great show ahead of the 2016 American Music Awards!

The 29-year-old former SNL star will be co-hosting the show with Gigi Hadid, which will be held at the Microsoft Theater on Sunday (November 20) in Los Angeles.

“The comedy ground is a fertile ground right now because there are so many things happening and we ain’t holdin’ back, so buckle up and get ready!,” he told E! News. “Tune in baby because it’s going to be lit. Lit like a biatch.”

Make sure to tune in for the American Music Awards, hosted by Gigi and Jay, tonight at 8/7c on ABC!

FYI: Jay is wearing a John Varvatos tuxedo.
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AMAs 2016: Host Jay Pharoah Wants Gigi Hadid to Introduce Him to Taylor Swift's Squad!

Jay Pharoah is very much aware that Gigi Hadid is taken by Zayn Malik, but he’s open to meeting her friends!

The Saturday Night Live alum, who is hosting the 2016 American Music Awards alongside Gigi, says he already got “friend-zoned.”

“I can’t wait to meet her friends. I know she got friends,” Jay told Billboard. “She taken, she with Zayn, I can’t mess with her, but I can talk to her friends. We’ve already established I’m already in the friendzone, so it’s cool for me.”

He added, “I know where I stand, it’s all good, I’m just like, ‘Hey, can you introduce me to the fellow Taylor Swift gang?’ That’s what I want: The squad. I want to see the squad.”

Jay and Gigi are hosting the 2016 AMAs TONIGHT, November 20 @ 8PM on ABC.

In case you missed it, check out the full list of nominees, as well as the performers and presenters!

Gigi Hadid & Jay Pharoah to Host American Music Awards 2016

It was just announced that Gigi Hadid will host the 2016 American Music Awards alongside former Saturday Night Live star Jay Pharoah.

This isn’t the first time for the 21-year-old model to host an awards show. She previously hosted the MuchMusic Video Awards in Canada earlier this year!

“I’m so excited to host the 2016 AMAs with Jay Pharoah,” Gigi said in a statement. “Jay is known for his spot-on impressions so I can’t wait to take the stage with him to show my goofy side and celebrate this year’s nominees!”

“Can’t wait to host the AMAs with the beautiful Gigi Hadid (so much innocence in her eyes) and being in the building with some of my industry friends, who I’ve probably impersonated at some point I’m sure,” Jay added. “It’s gonna be a fun night!”

The 2016 American Music Awards will air on Sunday, November 20!