NEW YORK, New York (The Adobo Chronicles) – Comedian Margaret Cho criticized Saturday Night Live for not ever having an Asian American host for 41 years now. She made the comment while protesting the fact that Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump whom he described as a “racist, sexist and incestuous man, ” will be returning to the late-night show as host for the second time on November 7.
When asked which Asian American personality should be invited as SNL host, Cho said, “Me, of course!”
When others pointed out to Cho that in fact there had been two previous SNL hosts who were Asian American — Fred Armisen, a quarter Japanese and Rob Schneider, half Filipino– she replied:
“People come at me and say, ‘Oh, Fred Armisen is a quarter Japanese, Rob Schneider is half Filipino.’ Yeah, that makes three-quarters of an Asian-American, not even in one person, in 41 years.”
Cho, was born in America to Korean parents. So that, in effect, makes her part American and part Korean.
“If I am invited to host SNL, then that would make for a total of one and a quarter Asian American hosts for the show in 41 years” she added.
A quick check of SNL archives, however, shows that other Asian Americans have hosted SNL: Jackie Chan, Lucy Liu and Bruno Mars. So that totals three and three-quarters, without Cho.