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Monday
Nov042013

Kerry Washington Helps "SNL" Spoof Its Lack of Diversity 

Jason Merritt/Getty Images for Variety(NEW YORK) -- Kerry Washington hosted Saturday Night Live over the weekend, and she wasted no time spoofing the relative lack of African-American comedians on the show.

The Scandal star played Michelle Obama opposite Jay Pharoah as President Barack Obama. The pair was interrupted by a White House aide played by Taran Killam, who said that Oprah Winfrey had just arrived.

Killam then said, "So, don't you think you should go and get changed...so Oprah can come in?" Washington then broke character, saying, "And Kenan won't?" referencing another African-American cast member, Kenan Thompson, who recently commented on SNL's lack of diversity by vowing he would no longer play African-American women on the show.

As she walked out of the fake Oval Office, the following message was read aloud and posted on the screen: "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."

The message continued: "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 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 returned with a spot-on Oprah impersonation -- until she was asked to leave because Beyoncé was waiting. She never did return as Beyoncé, but they did bring out six white male cast members, all portraying Matthew McConaughey.

Even the real Reverend Al Sharpton showed up at the conclusion of the sketch, saying, "What have we learned from this sketch? As usual, nothing."

SNL has been the subject of several articles recently regarding its lack of diversity, with Thompson and Pharoah commenting about the show's lack of African-American female talent.

Washington did not address her recent pregnancy announcement during her guest stint.

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