Last month "Saturday Night Live" came under fire for not having a black cast member in the past six years. On Nov. 2 "Scandal" star Kerry Washington hosted the show that people are still talking about.
According to The Daily Beast on Nov. 3, "Saturday Night Live" used Washington, 36, to poke fun at the show about not having diversity. For example, Washington played the part of First Lady Michelle Obama and quickly changed within the same skit to play the part of Oprah Winfrey.
While she was changing and the others waited for her return, a message scrolled across the screen that read:
“The producers at Saturday Night Live would like to apologize to Kerry Washington for the number of black women she will be asked to play tonight. We made these request both because Ms. Washington is an actress of considerable range and talent, but also because SNL doesn’t currently have a black woman in the cast. As for the latter, we realize this is not an ideal situation and look forward to rectifying it in the near future...unless, of course, we fall in love with another white guy first.”
Another way "SNL" mocked itself was to have six different cast members playing Matthew McConaughey parade out later in the sketch while Washington was off-stage changing from Oprah Winfrey to Beyonce.
Hosts on the morning talk shows praised Washington for her talent and creativity on "SNL." In fact, one host said, "Is there anything Kerry Washington can't do?"
In spite of the excellent job she did hosting the show and appearing in several skits, it was noticed that Washington didn't say one word about her 4-month pregnancy or her secret marriage last July.
Those who have followed Washington's career weren't surprised she didn't mention her personal life. That is something she just doesn't do.
Washington brought energy and entertainment to "SNL" where she sang and danced proving that she do more than fix people's problems. During her monologue at the beginning of the show, several characters approached her about fixing their problems and calling her "Olivia." She corrected them by saying she was Kerry, not Olivia.
For the few people who don't know, Washington plays Olivia Pope on "Scandal" where she is known for fixing people's problems no matter what the problems are.