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Don Lemon: New “SNL” cast member needs to be a “lot funnier than she is black”

On Monday, "SNL" made a significant attempt to address its diversity problem by hiring 27-year-old Sasheer Zamata after auditioning around 25 black women in New York and Los Angeles in December. Zamata, a New York-based improviser, stand-up comic and sketch writer, will be the first black female cast member on "SNL" since Maya Rudolph left in 2007 and the fifth black female player in the show's history.

Referring to the mounting pressure that "SNL" faced over the past six months to improve the diversity of its cast, CNN anchor Don Lemon mused on the "Tom Joyner Show" Tuesday morning that "it's hard to believe in 2014 that we're still talking about the importance of diversity in television."

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