Saturday Night Live fans were eager to see how the show would tackle its obvious lack of black comediennes with a prominent diversity advocate like Kerry Washington on board. They were not disappointed.
“It feels like it’s been years since I’ve seen you,” quipped Pharoah poking fun at the fact that the first lady only gets portrayed on the show when an African-American woman, like Maya Rudolph, hosts.
A secret service agent (played by Taran Killam) says Oprah Winfrey has stopped by the White House and awkwardly suggests that Washington may want to exit so she can play the media icon. Eventually deadpan titles scroll across the screen acknowledging the show’s diversity issues and apologizing to Washington:
The producers at Saturday Night Live would like to apologize to Kerry Washington for the number of black women she will be asked to play tonight. We made these requests both because Ms. Washington is an actress of considerable range and talent and also because SNL does not currently have a black woman in the cast.
As for the latter reason, we agree that this is not an ideal situation and look forward to rectifying it in the near future…unless, of course, we fall in love with another white guy first.
Washington has to make a quick change and then reappears performing a spot-on Winfrey impression. However when she’s asked to play Beyoncé too she balks.
She also spoofed the Ylvis’ song and video “What Does the Fox Say?” Watch that below.