Jay Pharoah Slams 'SNL' After His Departure, Says He Wasn't 'Appreciated' Anymore

Apr 15, 2017, 01:15
Jay Pharoah Slams 'SNL' After His Departure, Says He Wasn't 'Appreciated' Anymore

When Jay Pharoah and Taran Killam suddenly departed from Saturday Night Live a year ago, everybody involved stayed pretty quiet about the reasons behind the change.

Pharoah - born Jared Farrow - told hosts on Hot 97 in NY that he was pigeonholed into being the impressions guy on SNL.

Pharoah gave the interview to New York's HOT 97, noting right at the top that "You go where you're appreciated", and that numerous cast members had told him that it bothered them that he wasn't being cast in more sketches. That's not me.'We got this great idea where you put on a dress' and I'm like no, I'm not doing that.

Pressed on why SNL never properly used him, Pharoah said, "They put people into boxes".

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In an April 13 interview with Hot 97's Ebro in the Morning, Pharoah, 29, said that he felt like the sketch comedy show wasn't using his skills as much as it could have, Us reports.

At the end of the day though, it seems Pharoah has no hard feelings and "no beef" with "SNL" executive producer Lorne Michaels. He expressed annoyance about his Obama character being phased out during the previous year and a half he was on the show, and claimed that they "gave up". "I'm fiery, too", Pharoah said, adding, "I'm not a yes n****". "I kind of feel like they gave up... it was just a whatever attitude".

"I feel they stopped, honest to God. I'm not a 'yes n--.' That's not me". He said that in the process of speaking up "I nearly freaking lost my job". Remarking on their relationship, he slipped into his impression of fellow SNL alum Chris Rock: "I met Lorne Michaels and I ain't been broke ever since".

Pharoah also took credit for "SNL's" inclusion of more black female comedians, which saw the hires of players like Leslie Jones and Sasheer Zamata. Jay landed the lead role in "White Famous", the comedy based on Jamie Foxx's personal experiences coming up in the business.