TODAY   |  December 13, 2013

‘SNL’ to add black female performer next month

After criticism that the popular sketch comedy show “Saturday Night Live”has not featured a black female cast member in several years, the show is now holding special auditions with a plan to hire a new performer in January.

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>> black female cast member . this is a show they addressed head on with host kerry washington .

>> well, in that case i will leave and in a few minutes oprah will be here.

>> thank you mrs. obama.

>> well, apparently snl minced their apology. he tells the new york times he planned to add a black female cast member by next month. she would be the first since mya rudolph left in 2007 . he has been traveling the country and holding auditions. one performer tweeted out a photo of some of the women that tried out for the coveted spot. look forward to that announcement soon.