Kerry Washington to host ‘Saturday Night Live’ amid racial controversy

October 16, 2013
Kerry Washington will host "SNL." (Jason Merritt/Getty Images for Variety)
Kerry Washington will host “SNL.” (Jason Merritt/Getty Images for Variety)

Poor Kerry Washington was just trying to make the rounds as TV’s “It Girl” by hosting “Saturday Night Live” next month, but she inadvertently walked into a growing controversy about the cast’s lack of diversity. NBC’s announcement Wednesday that the “Scandal” actress would host the Nov. 2 broadcast comes on the heels of SNL regular Kenan Thompson who opined this week that the real problem is the lack of black female comedians. “It’s just a tough part of the business,” Thompson told TVGuide.com. “Like in auditions, they just never find ones that are ready.” O-kay, then. His remarks contributed to the ongoing firestorm which began last month when the show debuted six new cast members — none of them African Americans.

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