2016 American Music Awards - Arrivals 2016 American Music Awards - Arrivals
Getty Images

Jay Pharaoh Gets Candid About His Release From 'SNL'

"I'm not a 'yes ni**a.'"

The departure of fan favorite Jay Pharaoh from the legendary sketch-comedy show Saturday Night Live last year shocked many. Now, the funny man is getting candid about his thoughts behind the reasons he may have been let go.

Pharaoh stopped by Hot 97's Ebro In The Morning on Thursday (Apr. 13), and talked with the hosts about how SNL tried to keep him in a box, stunting his growth as a performer.

"Look man, I'mma say this, you go where you're appreciated," Pharaoh told Peter Rosenberg. "If you have multiple people on the cast saying things like 'you're so talented...it's unfair, they don't use you'...they put people into boxes and whatever they want you to do, they expect you to do."

He also said that his unwillingness to participate in certain sketches, as well as his outspoken personality, also played a factor.

"I’m fiery, I’m not a ‘yes’ ni**a. That’s not me," he continued. "‘We got this great idea where you put on a dress,' I’m like, ‘No, I’m not doing that.' I'm not putting on a dress, I'm not gettin' no tweets from David Banner."

The stand-up comic explained that his bluntness may have also swayed execs to hire more black performers and writers for the show, but it nearly cost him his job. He made comments about the lack of black actresses on the show back in 2013 that gained traction.

"I have a lot of kick back, but when the hiring of the black women, Sasheer [Zamata], [writer] LaKendra Tookes and Leslie [Jones]...me speaking up, they were ready to get rid of me in 2013 when I spoke up,” he explained. “When I said what I said...I almost freakin’ lost my job.”

However, Pharaoh does not harbor any negative feelings towards executive producer Lorne Michaels, and explained that their dynamic is different since Pharaoh is more "affirmative" than the other cast members.

"A lot of people are afraid of Lorne...Lorne, I respect the hell out of," he said. "I like Lorne, ain't no problem with Lorne Michaels. There ain't no beef with Lorne, but there have been some shaky times."

Pharaoh will be starring in a Showtime comedy sitcom called White Famous, which is based on Jamie Foxx's experiences in Hollywood.

Check out the entire interview below. His comments are at the beginning.

From the Web

More on Vibe

Getty Images

An Unofficial Documentary About Drake Is Currently On Streaming Services

An unauthorized documentary about the rise of musician Drake can be viewed on video distribution services such as Netflix and Amazon Prime. Drake: Rewriting the Rules initially dropped on Vimeo in Nov. 2018, and now, fans of the "God's Plan" musician will have a chance to watch it at their leisure on other platforms.

The documentary chronicles the music superstar from his days growing up in Toronto, to portraying Jimmy on the hit-teen drama Degrassi, to becoming a hip-hop star and working with musicians from Kanye West to his Young Money leader, Lil Wayne.

"Discover the untold story of how Drake rewrote the rules and rose from a child actor to become a cultural phenomenon and global musical icon," writes IMDb of the film's synopsis. "He is the king of pop and hip hop, combining many musical styles into one mainstream sound." The film runs 74 minutes long. Interviews from media figures and writers are included in the doc, which was directed and written by British filmmaker Ray King. However, no representatives from Drake's team are included.

Drake has not commented on the doc as of press time. He has been relatively quiet in the news, however, it's being reported that he is close to securing a residency of sorts at the Wynn's XS Nightclub in Las Vegas.


Continue Reading
Courtesy of Hulu

Stream: Hulu's 'FYRE Fraud' Doc Examines The Festival That Scammed Thousands

In 2017, rumors of an exclusive festival taking place in the Bahamas took over social media. Organized by Billy McFarland and promoted by Ja Rule, the FYRE Festival was the new, cool kid on the festival block and quickly put other more seasoned festivals to shame.

But all that glitters isn't gold.

FYRE FRAUD, the new documentary streaming on Hulu, takes an intimate look at the scam that left thousands stranded on the island. Directed by Jenner Furst and Julia Willoughby Nason, the dark-comedy interviews whistleblowers, victims, and the convicted con-man himself, McFarland.

In a press release, Fraust and Nason said the goal isn't to make light of those who were scammed.

"Our aim was to set the stage for a strange journey into the moral abyss of our digital age, going beyond the meme to show an ecosystem of enablers, driven by profit and willing to look the other way, for their own gain.

"We draw on countless cultural references, on true crime tension, and on humor - but we did not intend to create a toothless comedy about the Fyre Festival. We hope this film can pierce our collective apathy and disrupt our own millennial peers, if only for an instant - to look at these stories for what they truly are, and to halt this algorithm before it devours us whole."

FYRE FRAUD is now streaming on Hulu.



Continue Reading
Al Bello

Dave Chappelle Isn't Sure His R. Kelly 'Chappelle Show' Skits Were Insensitive

The Surviving R. Kelly series may be over, but the fallout from it has seemingly just begun.

Director dream hampton took to Twitter during the airing of the Lifetime documentary and spoke honestly about the several celebrity men she contacted in hopes they'd speak on camera about R. Kelly and the years of sexual allegations that have shadowed him. Among them was Dave Chappelle.

The beloved comic famously made a music video entitled "Piss On You" mocking the real-life video of R. Kelly urinating on an underage girl. During the Chappelle Show heyday, he used R.Kelly's legal woes as material for years.

TMZ caught with Chappelle in West Hollywood and asked him if he regretted not being featured in hampton's series and instead he dodged the question.

"Jesus Christ, I just had dinner," Chappelle said in between taking a drag of his cigarette. "I just ate. Strop bringing that motherf**ker up."

When pressed about whether or not he thinks his old skits were insensitive, the 45-year-old said "I don't know. I'd have to watch it again."

D.L. Hughley joined Chappelle for dinner and commented on R.Kelly and the forthcoming Michael Jackson documentary, Leaving Neverland, which outlines sexual assault allegations against the late singer.

"If you can be mad at R. Kelly, you should be mad at Michael Jackson," Hughley said.


Continue Reading

Top Stories