‘Saturday Night Live’ cast members Colin Jost and Michael Che spent a few minutes of their ‘Weekend Update’ segment discussing the backlash from Colin Kaepernick’s protest.
During the sketch, Che accidentally dropped the N-word and people were NOT happy.
“I expect white guys to defend the national anthem like I expected Phylicia Rashad to defend Bill Cosby,” he said. “I’m sure when people were protesting the Cosby Show, I’m sure Clair Huxtable was like, ‘I don’t know what he did to y’all, but n—a made me rich!'”
Naturally, the on-air expletive garnered a surprised reaction from viewers, with many flocking to social media to comment on Che’s uncensored remark.
“Anybody catch Michael Che say the N word,” Twitter user Jeff MacDonald wrote. “That probably won’t go over well the boss.”
Another named Ny Greggs declared, “Really #SNL Really? We are using the N word? Disappointing! I’m done.”
“Saturday Night Live” has drawn attention for its usage of the N-word before.
In May, comedienne Sasheer Zamata defended late night host Larry Wilmore’s decision to refer to President Obama as “my n—a” during a set of jokes at the White House Correspondents’ Dinner.
“I don’t know if we’re ever going to agree on the usage of that word,” she said during the “Weekend Update” portion of the show. “I do know that word has a lot of history behind it, and if we ignore it, it feels like we’re ignoring the history. And I don’t like to ignore history.”
The segment then ended with host Colin Jost asking if that meant people are allowed to use the word.
“It’s up to you, n—a,” she deadpanned, drawing a startled reaction from the audience.
A rep for “SNL” did not immediately respond to a request for comment on this past Saturday’s segment.
Michael Che drops the first n-word of the #SNL season. Sasheer Zamata waited 19 episodes last season.
— Jillian Sederholm (@JillianSed) October 2, 2016
SNL closed captioning censored Michael Che's n-word joke pic.twitter.com/ENvOkVh8bk
— Rob Murphy (@dhmbib) October 2, 2016