Former “Saturday Night Live” cast member Jay Pharoah is opening up about being fired from the long-running variety show.
Speaking with Hot 97s “Ebro In The Morning,” the comedian shared his feelings of being underutilized.
If you have multiple people on the cast saying things like Youre so talented, youre so able, they dont use you and its unfair and its making us feel bad,” Pharoah said on having to go where he felt appreciated. They put people into boxes. Whatever they want you to do, they expect you to do, he added. Im a little fiery too Im not a yes n*****.
NBC confirmed last August that Pharoah, along with fellow six-season veteran Taran Killam, would be departing the show in pursuit of other opportunities.
Pharoah, who was the show’s resident Barack Obama impersonator, said he felt the show gave up on the Obama thing, which added to speculations of his termination. He is also remembered for his spot-on impersonations of Jay Z, Will Smith and Dr. Ben Carson, among others.
Pharoah didnt take long to bounce back. His new half-hour comedy series “White Famous,” based on Jamie Foxx’s personal experiences coming up in the business, was picked up by Showtime. I connected with the material immediately,” he said.
He maintains that he has no regrets about how he handled his relationship with “SNL” and that there is no love lost between him and his former exec producer Lorne Michaels. Aint no beef with Lorne were on good graces,” he added.