SNL women purportedly upset over 'Weekend Update' casting
Looks like the women of Saturday Night Live are upset over "Update." New York Daily News Confidenti@l is reporting former "SNL Weekend Update" host Cecily Strong is fuming about being replaced by comedian Michael Che on the show's longest sketch. Making "Weekend Update" all-male.
According to the Daily News, recent SNL recruit Sasheer Zamata was overheard quoting Strong to a friend saying, "She was saying that it's bull---- that in 2014 there would be two males and no women in such a prominent position on the show. She said that there should be at least one man and one woman or, if anything, two women."
Now, in the sketch's nearly forty year history, "Update" has either had a single host or two hosts, and generally if there are two hosts one is male and the other is female: Jane Curtin and Dan Aykroyd, Jane Curtin and Bill Murray, Jimmy Fallon and Tina Fey, Amy Poehler and Seth Meyers, Seth Meyers and Cecily Strong, and most recently Cecily Strong and Colin Jost.
But in 2004, for the first time, "Weekend Update" was co-hosted by two women; Tina Fey and Amy Poehler. "Weekend Update with Colin Jost and Michael Che" is the first time the sketch has featured two men, and the first to feature a black host.
If the New York Daily News' source is correct, this wouldn't be the first time a Saturday Night Live cast member has voiced opposition about female presence on the weekly late night comedy show. Just last year Kenan Thompson told TV Guide he refused to dress in drag to play female characters until producer Lorne Michaels added more black females to the cast. Sasheer Zamata was added shortly after.
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