Leslie Jones promoted to featured cast member on ‘Saturday Night Live’

 

Saturday Night Live has promoted Leslie Jones to featured cast member.

Jones was hired as a writer after SNL producers conducted a very public search for black women to add to the cast.

Although the coveted cast position was given to Sasheer Zamata, Jones, who was also a finalist, made a splash with her appearances in the Weekend Update sketches.

Did ‘SNL’ go too far? Leslie Jones ruffles feathers with slave skit

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While it appears that producers of the hit sketch comedy show Saturday Night Live took steps to address its lack of diversity by adding one black woman to its on-air staff and two black female writers, the show is once again in the spotlight for its portrayal of blacks.

Leslie Jones, one of the writers brought on to the show, made her debut appearance this past weekend and people weren’t impressed with her “slave draft skit.” 

Saturday Night Live features all-black, all-female cast in secret showcase

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Earlier this fall, Saturday Night Live came under fire for its cast’s lack of diversity, an issue Kenan Thompson blamed on black female comedians not being funny enough for the show.

In response to the uproar surrounding the issue, SNL creator Lorne Michaels held a secret showcase featuring no one but black women comedians.

One of the participants, Bresha Webb, spoke about her experience.