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“SNL” alum Jerry Minor on the show’s diversity issues: “I thought it would be a lot different now”

Following restrained criticism of “Saturday Night Live’s” lack of black women from current performers Jay Pharoah and Kenan Thompson, Jerry Minor, a former “SNL” cast member during the 2000-2001 season, has decided to speak out with a bit more force. In an interview with Salon, Minor said he’s coming forward because “that’s really the only way things are going to get done. If enough people say something.”

This season’s casting of six white comics ignited a new round of criticismof the show that has only had 15 black cast members, only four of whom have been female. During Minor’s brief tenure, "SNL" was actually slightly more diverse than it is now, with performers Maya Rudolph, Tracy Morgan and Horatio Sanz featured in a smaller cast of 13, as opposed to today’s 16. “I was there in 2000 – thirteen years ago – I thought it would be a lot different now if the show was still on,” he said, laughing, “But I’m also surprised that the show is still on.”

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