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VIDEO: Kerry Washington Hosts SNL, Satirizing Its Diversity Issue

Kerry Washington Hosts SNL, Satirizing Its Diversity Issue – See Video

Originally posted 11/03/2013 08:00AM

In a week that saw Saturday Night Live come under the microscope of The New York Times for the program's lack of diversity, specifically where black women cast members were concerned, the show cold-opened Saturday night with a skit starring guest host Kerry Washington, satirizing the situation – and even culminating with a pre-"Live from New York, It's Saturday Night" announcement from the Rev. Al Sharpton.

"What have we learned from this sketch?" Sharpton said, speaking directly to the camera. "As usual, nothing."

In the course of the sketch, the Scandal star played Michelle Obama, Oprah Winfrey (rather broadly) but drew the line when the name Beyoncé came up.

But the relevant topic was touched upon head on, although mock-seriously.

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Uh-Oh! Reba McEntire & Kenan Thompson See Double at CMT Awards | Kenan Thompson, Reba McEntire

Reba McEntire and Kenan Thompson See Double at the CMT Awards

Originally posted 06/09/2010 11:40PM

They didn't have Abbott & Costello, but Wednesday's CMT Music Awards included many guest presenters who still gave the show plenty of comic relief.

Among the night's notable pairings:

Reba McEntire and Kenan Thompson. Thompson appeared first, wearing a green dress and doing his Reba impression from Saturday Night Live. Soon, Reba herself showed up, in the same outfit. "Aren't you embarrassed of yourself?" she asked. He replied: "Yeah I'm embarrassed. I'm embarrassed that someone showed up in the same dress as me." Reba: "You can't be Reba, you're too dark." Kenan: "Um, pardon?" Reba: "I'm ginger with highlights, and you're a solid auburn!"

Celebrity chef Paula Deen and Jersey Shore's Nicole 'Snooki' Polizzi and Mike 'The Situation' Sorrentino. "Who did your hair, Crisco?" Deen asked Sorrentino, who promptly lifted his shirt to show off his ripped abs. "Oh my goodness, I could grate cheese on that thing, y'all," Deen said. Polizzi and Sorrentino then gave Deen her own Jersey-girl nickname, "Mama Ho Cake," and tried to explain their credo of GTL (gym, tan, laundry). But Deen said she had GTL covered. "I garnish, I tenderize, and then I lard," she said.

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