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Leslie Jones Named New SNL Cast Member

Leslie Jones Named New SNL Cast Member

Originally posted 10/20/2014 10:50PM

Saturday Night Live just added a new face to the cast of its 40th season.

Leslie Jones is the latest lady to join the show as a full-fledged cast member after becoming a writer earlier this year.

Jones first auditioned for the coveted spot last fall as one of twelve finalists, but the role was ultimately offered to Sasheer Zamata.

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Meet Your New SNL Weekend Update Anchor

Meet Your New SNL Weekend Update Anchor

Originally posted 09/12/2014 11:40AM

Live from New York, we have a new co-anchor for Weekend Update!

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Stars Recall the Thrill of Hearing Don Pardo Say Their Name for the First Time

Stars Recall the Thrill of Hearing Don Pardo Say Their Name for the First Time

Originally posted 08/19/2014 09:15AM

For so many stars, hearing Don Pardo say their name meant they'd arrived.

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Who Does Jimmy Fallon Credit as His Guru?

Jimmy Fallon: Mentor Lorne Michaels 'Helped Me With Everything'

Originally posted 01/08/2014 07:30AM

Jimmy Fallon takes over The Tonight Show next month, yet the still-humble late-night host makes it clear who deserves the biggest thank-you for his success: Saturday Night Live mentor Lorne Michaels.

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Seth Meyers on Taking Over Late Night: No Singing, More Sketches

UpdatePosted 01/03/2014 06:30AM

Seth Meyers on Taking Over Late Night: No Singing, More Sketches

Originally posted 01/02/2014 05:15PM

If you're expecting Seth Meyers to do the "History of Rap" with Justin Timberlake when he takes over Late Night from Jimmy Fallon on Feb. 24, think again.

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SNL Is Casting at Least One Female African-American – Within Weeks

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Saturday Night Live Is Casting at Least One Female African-American

Originally posted 12/13/2013 12:30PM

Saturday Night Live plans to add one or two black female performers to its cast as soon as January.

A representative for the NBC sketch-comedy show on Thursday confirmed reports it's answering complaints about its lack of diversity by staging showcases to choose at least one black female cast member and to hire her within weeks.

In recent weeks, the show has seen two-dozen candidates in Los Angeles, Chicago and New York.

The New York Times reported that a special audition for seven or eight finalists will be held Monday on the SNL stage in Manhattan.

It's "100 percent good for the show to have an African-American woman" in its ranks, executive producer Lorne Michaels told The Times.

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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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SNL's Seth Meyers Is Engaged to Alexi Ashe

Seth Meyers Engaged to Alexi Ashe

Originally posted 07/05/2013 11:55AM

Talk about a Weekend Update.

Saturday Night Live star and head writer Seth Meyers is engaged to his longtime girlfriend, lawyer Alexi Ashe, his rep confirms to PEOPLE.

It's been a busy year for Meyers, 39, who will take over Jimmy Fallon's spot as the host of Late Night next year, when Fallon replaces Jay Leno as the host of The Tonight Show.

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POLL: Should Jimmy Fallon Host the Oscars?

Jimmy Fallon in Talks to Host the Oscars

Originally posted 08/03/2012 04:10PM

Could Jimmy Fallon be the next Oscar host?

There's buzz building about the possibility of NBC's late night host taking the reins on Hollywood's biggest awards show.

According to a report in the Los Angeles Times, Fallon, 37, is in talks with the Motion Picture Academy of Arts & Sciences to follow in the footsteps of comedians like Steve Martin, Jon Stewart, Ellen DeGeneres and Billy Crystal, who did the deed earlier this year.

Fallon's boss at Late Night with Jimmy Fallon, Saturday Night Live executive producer Lorne Michaels, is also being considered to produce the 2013 telecast.

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Betty White to Host SNL May 8

Betty White to Host Saturday Night Live May 8

Originally posted 03/11/2010 06:30AM

It's official: Betty White will host NBC's Saturday Night Live on May 8, WNBC News announced Thursday morning.

Besides featuring the Golden Girl, who was the subject of a Facebook campaign to get her the gig, the special Mother's Day episode will also reunite six former female SNL cast members, most of whom happen to be moms: Tina Fey, Amy Poehler, Molly Shannon, Maya Rudolph, Ana Gasteyer and Rachel Dratch.

The show's creator-producer, Lorne Michaels, tells USA Today that the Facebook campaign, which kicked in after White's Super Bowl commercial for Snickers, "took on a groundswell. [White as the host] isn't something we would have said no to, [but the campaign] validated that, 'Oh, that'd be fun' … It was the outpouring of affection from fans, and we feel the same way."

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