Kevin Hart Says Race Had Nothing To Do With SNL Hiring Sasheer Zamata

January 8, 2014  |  

We know that Saturday Night Live received a lot of criticism last year after comments Keenan Thompson made about the lack of diversity on the show being because black women who auditioned weren’t “ready.” So when they hired the beautiful and hilarious Sasheer Zamata this week, many were excited, but some stated that the show was clearly trying to cover their a**, as one commenter said on SNL‘s Facebook page: “had to cover your butts with not having a female black cast memember huh?” But if you ask comedian Kevin Hart, who hosted SNL last year and is on top, says people have made a big fuss about nothing. Here’s what he said during a recent interview at CNN to promote his new movie, Ride Along: 

“People tend to put a race issue on everything. You know, SNL has existed for years. I was a person who auditioned for  SNL. I didn’t get  SNL. It didn’t have anything to do with my race at the time, I wasn’t right for the part. I’m quite sure several women of all races have been going out for SNL and have been turned away. What people don’t understand is that there’s literally one part that’s available every two seasons or a season and a half, that’s how Lorne Michaels does his system. So you know, who he picks, is who he feels should be in that one part, whether it’s male or woman. They’ve made this black woman thing an issue, and I don’t think it’s fair to other black women because other black women stand up and say, ‘Yeah, yeah, yeah, we do need a chance!’ And then you’ve got 3,000 black women coming out for this one opportunity for what seems to be the ‘black woman part’. It’s so much about nothing. Congratulations to her, she had an audition, she got the part. Not because she was black, but because she was qualified.”

When you get on…

I’m just kidding! But seriously, I understand what Hart is trying to say, but if SNL literally had a showcase solely for black female comediennes to audition for the show, I think race had just a little bit to do with it. What’s wrong with that? Check out Kevin speaking about SNL‘s “black woman problem” below.

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