Suddenly, Saturday Night Live can’t get enough of black women. Okay, that’s an exaggeration, but things have changed a lot since the late night variety show was under fire for lack of diversity. The house that Lorne Michaels built eventually responded by holding auditions specifically for black women improv comedians and subsequently hiring Sasheer Zamata.
The next controversy to emerge involved SNL writer Leslie Jones – another new hire – who emerged from behind the scenes and upset some with a racially-charged Weekend Update commentary.
Apparently, Michaels thought the bit was funnier than it was hurtful because Jones has been promoted from writer to series regular. Her stint in front of the camera begins this weekend, but you can see her here doing some of her more – relatively – milquetoast material for Seth Meyers: