'Saturday Night Live' pokes fun at diversity issue

In this Oct. 29, 2013, file photo released by NBC, actress Kerry Washington, right, stands with cast member Taran Killam during a promotional shoot for "Saturday Night Live," in New York. After receiving criticism recently for its lack of a black female cast member, the show on Saturday, Nov. 2, 2013, opened with a skit where guest host Washington portrayed Michelle Obama, then Oprah Winfrey. She was asked to change into a Beyonce outfit - before executive producer Lorne Michaels stepped in. (AP Photo/NBC, Dana Edelson, File)
November 3, 2013 5:16:26 PM PST
"Saturday Night Live" isn't afraid to take on the issue of its own diversity.

After receiving criticism recently for its lack of a black female cast member, Saturday's show opened with a skit where guest host Kerry Washington portrayed Michelle Obama, then Oprah Winfrey. She was asked to change into a Beyonce outfit - before producer Steve Higgins stepped in with a voiceover.

Higgins said producers would like to apologize to Washington for the number of black women she'd be asked to portray in the show.

Higgins agreed that having no black women cast members is not ideal and promised to rectify that unless, he said, "we fall in love with another white guy first."


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