*The addition of 27-year-old Sasheer Zamata to “Saturday Night Live,” the show’s first black female cast member since Maya Rudolph left in 2007, has been met with praise following the announcement Monday evening.
Former writer and cast member Tina Fey told The Hollywood Reporter, “I think Kerry Washington did such a great job on the [Nov. 2] show [in a sketch that addressed the controversy]. And you saw how great it was for Jay Pharoah to have someone playing Michelle Obama opposite [his President Obama]. So I feel like they registered that really quickly and they’ve acted on it really quickly.”
Washington also commented via Twitter: “Congrats to #SasheerZamata @thesheertruth on joining @nbcsnl ‘Saturday Night Live’ #SNL !!!!! Have FUN”
“SNL” star Bobby Moynihan told The Daily Beast he’s rooting for her: “I can’t even imagine what the next three weeks of her life will be like. I’ve seen her perform before. She’s the greatest. We’re very, very lucky. Also, I’m just happy to have a friend around.”
Moynihan and Zamata’s connection goes way back. Just before Moynihan made his own “SNL” debut he performed with Zamata’s Upright Citizens Brigade at Zamata’s college, the University of Virginia.
“The View” co-host Sherri Shepherd tweeted: “Congratulations to Sasheer Zamata … for joining the cast of #SNL … enjoy the ride mama!”
Zamata’s own reaction? “I’M SO EXCITED!!!”