Amy Poehler: New 'SNL' hire Sasheer Zamata is 'an awesome performer'

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amy-poehler-sasheer-zamata-gi.jpgIt turns out Amy Poehler does want to talk about "Saturday Night Live's" hiring of Sasheer Zamata, the first African-American woman to join the cast in several years.

Poehler came to the TCA winter press tour Friday (Jan. 10) to promote "Broad City," a new Comedy Central series she executive produces. A reporter asked her about Zamata, who's affiliated with the Upright Citizens Brigade comedy troupe Poehler co-founded.

"I'm so glad you asked that. I recently did an interview where they misquoted me out of context, as if I passed to respond on Sasheer's hiring," Poehler says. "But I had done that interview many weeks ago and I had not got a chance to say congratulations officially to her."

Poehler's referring to a Hollywood Reporter interview she and her Golden Globes co-host, Tina Fey, did in which they're asked about "SNL" adding a black woman to the cast. Poehler's answer: "Ugh, I don't want to talk about this. Pass." 

However, the interview was done in December, before Zamata was officially added to the "SNL" cast, which wasn't clear in the original version of the story. (THR has since added an editor's note stating when the interview happened.)

"We all know Sasheer and her work, and UCB is really proud to be associated with her," Poehler adds. "She was part of our diversity program many years ago and she's an awesome performer. So congratulations to her, I think we'd all like to say. ... And congratulations to LaKendra [Tookes] and Leslie [Jones] for being hired [as writers] as well. It's awesome to see all those new faces at 'SNL.'"

"Broad City" is set to premiere Jan. 22 on Comedy Central.
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