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"As far as being a black person on the show, there’s not a lot of us, you know?," the 25-year-old comic told The Grio. Among the show's current cast of 16, Pharoah and
"SNL" has occasionally come under attack for lacking diversity, and after Pharoah's words were published, another round of stories examined the matter. This despite the fact that "SNL" for years has given crucial breaks to black performers like
Asked for comment, NBC provided a written statement from "SNL" producer Lindsay Shookus: "'SNL' has a history of including many hosts, musical guests and cast members with different backgrounds. When we scout for the show, we always look for diverse voices and representation."
What do you think? Is Pharoah right that "SNL" needs to hire more black performers, or has the show already found the right mix?