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Jay Pharoah Says SNL ‘Gave Up’ On His Talent

Jay Pharoah speaks out for the first time about why he was let go from the comedy sketch show SNL. Many wondered why they would let the funny impressionist go after delivering a variety of impressions on the show, one being of former President Obama. SNL fired him when Obama still had a few months left in office. So why so shady? Jay finally speaks on his time and firing from SNL with Peter Rosenberg.

Jay says straight up “you go where you’re appreciated”. He also says that the higher-ups “gave up” on him. But, not to be fooled he’s on to ‘speak up’ when they approached him to do something weird for laughs like ‘wear a dress’. A little further into the interview, he also reveals he’s responsible for urging SNL to cast more blacl women. SMH.


Jay also gives us an excellent story about his mentor, the late, great Charlie Murphy. He said Charlie gave him the best advice of his life about performing.

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