Saturday Night Live is said to be adding an African-American woman to its cast as soon as January in what seems like an obvious response to recent criticism.
When Saturday Night Live came back for its 39th season this fall, many people expressed their disappointment with the long-running late night comedy show for not having any new minorities on the cast – particularly African-American women. The headline made its way around the internet over the last several months, and it looks like Saturday Night Live has been listening.
According to The Hollywood Reporter, sources close to SNL have confirmed that SNL recently held two showcase auditions consisting entirely of African-American women. This is allegedly the first time SNL has ever held auditions for a spot on the show in this way.