Dave Chappelle is set to host this week’s Saturday Night Live and some writers are reportedly so outraged that they have said they will not write for the show this week.
SNL spread the news that Dave Chappelle would be hosting the show beside Black Star on Twitter. The tweet was met with an array of disappointment from viewers.
One user replied to the tweet: “we will not be watching. this is really disgusting. you literally have a nonbinary cast member.” Another tweeted: “we will not be watching for the second week in a row…”
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The outrage over Chappelle hosting SNL stems from his jokes aimed at the LGBTQ community in his Netflix special The Closer.
On a now-deleted Instagram story, one writer named Celeste Yim made a statement: “I’m trans and non-binary, I use they/them pronouns. Transphobia is murder and it should be condemned.”
It is unknown whether all writers have decided to boycott this episode or whether some will still help write. What is known, however, is that many are upset by SNL’s choice of host.
Neither SNL nor Dave Chappelle has officially responded to the writers’ boycott. Or addressed any backlash from the announcement of Dave hosting the show this Saturday.
Previously, Dave Chappelle hosted SNL with great success. In 2020, before his transphobia and homophobia controversy, his SNL monologue on YouTube amassed an impressive 14.2 million views. His 2016 Saturday Night Live election night monologue managed an even better 20 million views on YouTube.
It is obvious that Chappelle is still greatly popular and there is no doubt that many fans will be tuning in once again to see him on SNL.
Despite this, the question remains: Will SNL see a significant dip in viewers this weekend or will Dave Chappelle continue his successful SNL hosting gigs?