Saturday Night Live staff writers are boycotting this weekend’s show over the decision to let Dave Chappelle host, according to reports.
The news about the 49-year-old comedian was confirmed last week during the episode of the long-running sketch show, which was hosted by Amy Schumer.
But some staff writers at 30 Rockefeller Plaza in New York City would be outraged that the showrunners chose the controversial Chappelle to host because of his history of making transphobic and homophobic jokes.
The SNL writers are so angry they are boycotting the episode, an insider has told Page six. The show’s actors will not take a position, the insider noted.
Saturday Night Live staff writers are boycotting this weekend’s show over the decision to let Dave Chappelle (pictured in his ‘The Closer’ Netflix special) host the show, according to reports.
“They’re not going to do the show,” the anonymous insider told the news site. “But none of the actors are boycotting.”
However, a Chappelle representative said there had been no signs of a boycott as they attended meetings with the writers during the week.
Following Saturday’s announcement that Chappelle would be hosting, non-binary SNL writer Celeste Yim posted this on their Instagram stories
Chapelle was at 30 Rock on Tuesday where he met with writers and producers alike to hear ideas. The comedian’s rep told Page Six, “The room was full of writers.
“They were all throwing ideas and seemed really excited about it…. Dave is looking for some fun,’ she added.
Following last Saturday’s announcement that Chappelle would be hosting, non-binary SNL writer Celeste Yim posted a photo of herself in what appeared to be the writer’s office on their Instagram Stories.
They wrote about the photo: ‘I am trans and non-binary. I use she/she pronouns. Transphobia is murder and must be condemned.’
While Yim didn’t refer directly to Chappelle, the timing suggested that their message was critical of Chappelle being chosen as host.
It’s unclear if Yim is one of the writers boycotting this weekend’s show.
DailyMail.com has reached out to NBC about the boycott reports for comment.
Observers have also pointed out that the upcoming episode of the show will air just after the midterm elections in the United States.
Variety reported that the comedian’s appearance on the show would be the third time he would host the program after an election.
Chappelle will also be joined by rap duo Black Star, who will be the musical guests of the evening.
He last hosted the show well before its release on Chappelle’s Netflix special “The Close,” which angered some viewers because some of the jokes were aimed at the trans community.
In The Closer, Chappelle goes to great lengths to emphasize that he doesn’t hate transgender people, and tells a lengthy anecdote about a transwoman comic, which he describes as a friend who came to his rescue in previous community entanglements.
He was criticized for deliberately mistreating the trans boyfriend.
Not his first rodeo: Variety reported the comedian’s appearance on the show would be the third time he’d host the program after an election
Chappelle says, “Every human in this room, every human on Earth, had to go through a woman’s legs to be on Earth. That’s a fact.’
In the controversial special, Chappelle also jokes that women today view trans women the same way black people view white women wearing blackface, noting that women have a right to be angry at trans women, as Caitlyn Jenner was named the 2015 Woman of the Year. Award from Glamor magazine.
“I’d be crazy if I were a woman,” Chappelle says during a problematic piece.
The star also jokes about the anatomy of trans women in the special, joking that they didn’t have real female reproductive organs and that they didn’t have blood but “beet juice.”
The artist’s debut as a host of the series took place in November 2016, just after former President Donald Trump was elected to office.
During his performance, the actor spoke via USA today about the implications of the former TV personality’s then-new position as head of the country.
“America did it – we actually elected an internet troll as our president,” he declared.
However, Chappelle unexpectedly ended his opening monologue on a positive note.
He stated, “I wish Donald Trump good luck and I’m going to give him a chance, and we, the historically disenfranchised, demand that he give us one too.”
The artist went on to receive the Emmy Award for Outstanding Guest Actor in a Comedy Series for his work on the program.
The comedian then returned to the show in 2020, on an episode that also followed that year’s presidential election.
At the time, the vote counts had been delayed due to the COVID-19 pandemic and were not confirmed until the day of the show’s shooting.
During the episode, Chappelle expressed via Vox that the United States had become deeply divided and that the value of reconciliation was more important than many might have expected.