'SNL' Taps Kerry Washington to Host with Musical Guest Eminem

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The past few days have given rise to a bit of 'SNL' controversy for the current season's failure to included women of color either among the cast or portrayed in sketches, but the latest host should at least answer some qualms. 'Scandal' it-girl Kerry Washington will host the November 2 installment of the late-night NBC sketch comedy series, bringing back rapper Eminem as musical guest for the sixth time.

Washington's 'SNL' gig also arrives on the heel of news announcing Edward Norton and Jenelle Monae to headline the October 25 installment, though neither Norton nor this past weekend's host Bruce Willis had any real upcoming work to promote. Washington at least has the increasingly-buzzworthy 'Scandal' for ABC, and most notably hit the silver screen last year opposite Jamie Foxx in 'Django Unchained.'

The actress' November 2 hosting gig could well put to rest some of the current controversies surrounding the show as well, as in addition to the notable lack of diversity among the female cast, few women of color have been chosen to host in recent years, among them current 'American Horror Story: Coven' player Gabourey Sidibe, 'SNL' alum Maya Rudolph, Rosario Dawson, Queen Latifah, as well as 'Modern Family's Sofia Vergara, and Jennifer Lopez.

Upcoming weeks for ‘SNL’ season 39 will also supposedly return Lady Gaga to the stage, while we’re still watching cast additions Brooks Wheelan, Mike O’Brien, John Milhiser, actress Noël Wells, and “Good Neighbor” performers Kyle Mooney and Beck Bennett, all of whom stepped in to replace the departed Bill Hader, Fred Armisen and Jason Sudeikis. Additionally, Cecily Strong is also expected to take over the “Weekend Update” desk from Seth Meyers after his 2014 ‘Late Night’ departure.

Kerry Washington always deserves more time in the spotlight, as well Eminem should make for a good show, but what say you? Are you interested to see what the duo brings to 'SNL' on November 2?

Filed Under: Kerry Washington, NBC, SNL, Scandal
Categories: Late Night, TV News
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