Published: Sat, April 15, 2017
Entertaiment | By Minnie Bishop

'I'm Not a Yes N---a': Jay Pharoah Blasts 'SNL' Over Firing

'I'm Not a Yes N---a': Jay Pharoah Blasts 'SNL' Over Firing

Jay Pharoah had an unexpected exit from Saturday Night Live last summer after spending four seasons with the show.

Pharoah has yet to comment on his firing - until now, breaking his silence in a candid interview with New York's HOT 97, reports The Daily Beast.

"You go where you're appreciated", said Pharoah. "And if you have multiple people on the cast saying things like 'You're so talented, and you're able; they don't use you, and it's unfair and it's making us feel bad'". "He was like, 'Yo man, don't put on no dress.' I was like, 'alright, cool, I got you David.' I ain't never do it", stated the Virginia native.

Speaking with Hot 97's Ebro In The Morning, the comedian got candid about his decision to break north for other opportunities.

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At the end of the day though, it seems Pharoah has no hard feelings and "no beef" with "SNL" executive producer Lorne Michaels. "For me, they had a whatever attitude", he said. I'm fiery too... I'm not a yes n-gga. "Along those same lines, he pointed out that the show essentially gave up on Obama during the past year and a half that he was on, despite the series" increasingly political point of view in the run up to the election. "I kind of feel like they gave up... it was just a whatever attitude".

He shared that he was nearly fired in 2013 for pushing to diversify the staff and cast-members, as he took credit for Leslie Jones and Sasheer Zamata being added to SNL. Phraraoh now claims SNL was "ready to get rid of me" after he spoke up on that issue, though they ended up keeping him around for a few more seasons.

On Lorne Michaels: "Ain't no problem with Lorne Michaels. We're on good graces and everything, but there have been some shaky times and that time was a shaky time". Jay landed the lead role in "White Famous", the comedy based on Jamie Foxx's personal experiences coming up in the business. Pharaoh "connected with the material immediately".

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