Last year, SNL announced that Jay Pharoah wouldn't be returning after six seasons on the sketch comedy program.
The news of Pharoah's exit was announced in August 2016 by NBC.
"You go where you're appreciated", he said.
He also said he wasn't afraid to turn down the show's requests, such as putting on a dress, saying that the reaction from the show was "What do you mean, you're not doing it?!" "And it's making us feel bad, because they don't use you and you're a talent'".
Now, stopping by Hot 97'S Ebro in the Morning, the comedian explained just why he was let go, and he wasn't anxious about hurting any feelings in the process. "Ain't no beef with Lorne", Pharoah said.
The viral Grio piece in question was an interview with Pharoah published in September 2013, with the headline "SNL " s Jay Pharoah on a mission to bring a black woman on cast: "They need to pay attention.'" In that piece, he brought up Darmirra Brunson as someone SNL needed to "pay attention" to, and that they "need to follow up with it like they said they were going to do a year ago". "I kind of feel like they gave up... it was just a whatever attitude".
Pharoah also spoke in the interview about almost losing his job for speaking out about the lack of black female cast members. "I respect the hell out of him, but if I want to talk to you, I'll go up to you, 'Hey man, this is what I'm feeling. "I nearly freakin" lost my job", he says. I'm fiery too... I'm not a yes n-gga.
Shortly after his frank statement, SNL brought Sasheer Zamata and Leslie Jones board, which changed the dynamic of the cast a bit. "We're on good graces and everything, but there have been some shaky times and that time was a shaky time". Right now he's preparing for a starring role in Showtime's White Famous, based on Jamie Foxx's early experiences as a young black actor trying to break into the entertainment industry.