“Saturday Night Live” announced the hiring of Sasheer Zamata yesterday, and entertainment and TV’s biggest stars reacted favorably to the first female African-American cast member hired in six years.
Finally. Sasheer Zamata, becomes first African-American SNL cast member in 5 years. First show January 18 pic.twitter.com/lmIsblrFf8
— Al Roker (@alroker) January 6, 2014
— Sherri Shepherd (@SherriEShepherd) January 7, 2014
“Scandal” star Kerry Washington also congratulated Zamata, telling her to have fun.
“Girls” creator Lena Dunham noticed Zamata toward the end of last year, giving her a shoutout on Twitter.
— Lena Dunham (@lenadunham) December 17, 2013
Zamata was previously with the Upright Citizens Brigade.