- The Washington Times - Thursday, December 12, 2013

“Saturday Night Live” will be adding a black female comic to its ranks, following tough scrutiny over the sketch comedy show’s perceived lack of diversity.

“It’s just a tough part of the business,” cast member Kenan Thompson told TV Guide in October. “Like in auditions, they just never find ones that are ready.”

The show has been holding auditions specifically for black women and Executive Producer Lorne Michaels said they had auditioned around 25, the Huffington Post reported.

He said they hoped to add the new member in January.

The show hasn’t had a black female cast member since Maya Rudolph left in 2007, the Post noted.