“Saturday Night Live” writers are reportedly boycotting the show in retaliation to the decision to allow comedian Dave Chappelle to host on Nov. 12.
The writers are pushing back against what they feel are transphobic remarks Chappelle made during his 2021 Netflix special, “The Closer,” and are taking a stand, by reportedly refusing to support his hosting role, according to Page Six. “They’re not going to do the show,” an insider close to the situation revealed to the outlet. “But none of the actors are boycotting,” the source said.
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Chappelle is slated to host the show with musical guest Black Star, but the writers reportedly don’t want to be connected to his appearance on the show, according to Page Six.
Representatives for Chappelle reportedly had a different experience altogether noting that the famous comedian previously attended writers’ meetings and there was no indication of any sort of upheaval, according to Page Six.
“The room was full of writers. They all pitched ideas and they seemed very excited about it…. Dave is looking to have some fun,” Chappelle’s representatives told Page Six. (RELATED: REPORT: Trans Influencer Charged After Making A Scene At Miami Pool While Totally Naked)
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This comes on the heels of reports that the transgender community is unhappy with the idea of Chappelle hosting the program, and are speaking out in protest on social media, according to Newsweek.
Whether or not the writers will show up for work on the set of SNL remains to be seen, but ultimately, if Chappelle does take the reins as host, it’s almost certain he’ll leave fans divided.