Lorne Michaels and Saturday Night Live have finally seen the err of their ways. Of course it took about 6 years and the loud critique of the public, but the show will have a Black woman in the cast in January. In speaking with the New York Times, Michaels confirmed that they held a special audition specifically for Black actresses and will add one to the cast next month.
“All told we’ve seen about 25 people,” Mr. Michaels told the New York Times. “A lot of the people we saw are really good. Hopefully we’ll come out of the process well.”
There’s also a chance that two of the performers auditioning could be added.
The show was criticized earlier this year when most of the new cast members were white guys. Plus cast members Jay Pharoah and Kenan Thompson chimed in about the glaring omission. Casting and auditioning for Saturday Night Live usually takes place in the summer, so this winter audition shows that Michaels meant it when he said the issue would be rectified. We’ll see how it pans out.