After catching grief over the lack of its cast’s diversity, “Scandal” star Kerry Washington portrayed Michelle Obama at the top of SNL Saturday night — the first time someone has played the first lady on the program in years — and her duties as a black character during the ‘cold open’ didn’t stop there. The segment featured Washington and Jay Pharoah as President Obama preparing for a state dinner, when an aide alerted the two that Oprah Winfrey was waiting to see the president in the Oval Office.
“Don’t you think you should go and get changed?” the aide nudged.
“Why?” Michelle Obama responded.
“So that Oprah can come in?”
“Oh. Because of the whole … and Kenan won’t?” Obama joked about SNL cast member Kenan Thompson appearing in character as Winfrey.
“In that case I will leave, and in a few minutes, Oprah will be here,” Obama said, rising from the couch in the Oval Office and disappearing to go change into a Winfrey costume.
It was then that this sarcastic disclaimer rolled across the screen:
The producers at Saturday Night Live would like to apologize to Kerry Washington for the number of black women she will be asked to play. We make these requests because Ms. Washington is an actress of considerable range and talent — and also because SNL does not currently have a black woman on the cast. Mostly the latter. We agree this is not an ideal situation and look forward to rectifying it in the near future, unless, of course, we fall in love with another white guy first.
As a kicker, the Rev. Al Sharpton appeared at the end of cold open to observe that per usual, we learned “nothing” from the sketch.
Check out the humorous scene below: