Comedian Jay Pharoah has finally opened up about being fired from “Saturday Night Live” eight months ago.
In an interview with New York City radio station Hot 97, Pharoah spoke about his six seasons on NBC’s sketch-comedy show.
“You go where you’re appreciated,” Pharoah said. “They put people into boxes. Whatever they want you to do, they expect you to do. And I’m fiery too… I’m not a ‘yes n—–.’ That’s not me.”
Pharoah said he pushed back when the show wanted him to wear a dress in sketches. He also claims the show suddenly stopped writing sketches for him to do his standout impression of Barack Obama.
“If you really noticed, for the last year and a half, they didn’t do any Obama sketches,” he said. “I was like, ‘Just let me do my character and we’ll be fine.'”
Pharoah believes the show “gave up” on doing Obama material and instead focused on bringing on celebrities to do impersonations, like Alec Baldwin doing President Donald Trump.
“I feel they stopped, honest to God. For me, they had a whatever attitude,” he said.
Watch Pharoah’s interview below:
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