Dave Chappelle‘s starting his third day of meetings with ‘SNL’ cast and writers, and his camp says there’s been zero talk of an alleged boycott related to Dave’s issues with the transgender community.
DC is hosting ‘SNL’ this weekend — his first time since 2020, and since the release of his controversial Netflix special “The Closer” … which sparked protests and much debate over jokes many people felt were transphobic.
The potential issue at 30 Rock this week is ‘SNL’ now has its first nonbinary cast member, Molly Kearney, and at least one writer who is transgender.
According to Page Six, the show’s writers are boycotting, but a rep for Dave tells TMZ … Dave’s first 2 meetings with the staff have been full, and everyone’s pitching sketch ideas as they normally do.
One of the writers, Celeste Yim, reportedly posted an Instagram story saying, “I’m trans and non-binary. I use they/them pronouns. Transphobia is murder and it should be condemned.”
Their post said nothing about a boycott. It’s unclear if Celeste has been in the staff meetings with Dave this week. We’ve reached out to NBC for comment.
This will be Chappelle’s third time hosting. He previously hosted in 2020 and in 2016, which was memorable for being the first show after the election of Donald Trump.
Dave famously said America should give Trump a chance, but since then the comedian’s admitted he was way off.