Former Saturday Night Live (SNL) cast member Leslie Jones revealed in an interview with NPR that the show turned her into a caricature of herself and squeezed every drop of funny out of a single trope. Jones, who was the oldest cast member ever hired at the age of 47, felt that her comic identity was reduced to "trying to love on the white boys or beat up on the white boys, or I’m doing something loud." She realized that this was not limited to her as a Black cast member, as another retired SNL veteran shared a similar experience. Despite the challenges, Jones sees her time on SNL as a training and a springboard for her career.
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