Jay Pharoah slams SNL over firing: 'You go where you're appreciated'

During a radio interview on New York's HOT 97 on Wednesday Pharoah claimed that SNL puts people'into boxes, as he felt he became the person on the show to impersonate a number of black celebrities

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Yesterday, comedian and former Saturday Night Live cast member Jay Pharaoh spoke about his firing from the show, following its last season.

Pharoah - born Jared Farrow - told hosts on Hot 97 in NY that he was pigeonholed into being the impressions guy on SNL.

"You go where you're appreciated", he said. "And if you have multiple people on the cast saying things like 'You're so talented, and you're able; they don't use you, and it's unfair and it's making us feel bad'".

"When you get on stage carry him with you because you can't do a performance without him", Pharoah remembers Eddie Murphy's brother telling him.

During the interview, Pharoah shared his belief that "SNL" "gave up" on him, and likewise gave up on his portrayal of Obama, and he noted that the show squandered an opportunity to have his Obama appear in sketches with Alec Baldwin's Donald Trump.

Though the comedian was let go, he said that he doesn't bear any ill will toward "SNL" showrunner Lorne Michaels. "A lot of people are scared of Lorne", Pharoah said. I had three characters and those impressions that went viral-I didn't really wanna do them at first, Leslie Jones talked me into do the first one [about Kevin Hart and Katt Williams]. "And they want you do what they expect you to do".

"If you really noticed, for the a year ago and a half, they didn't do any Obama sketches at all".

Since then, several black women have been hired by the show, including UVA alum Sasheer Zamata. "I'm not a 'yes n--a.' That's not me".

"When I said what I said, and it got on the Grio, and it went viral, I nearly freaking lost my job", he said.

"We're on good graces and everything", said the actor, though he admitted that there had been shaky times between him and Michaels.

He is set to star in the new Showtime series White Famous, which is based on Jamie Foxx's experience in Hollywood.

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