SNL Finally Added An Asian-American Cast Member For Season 45

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"Saturday Night Live", which has always been criticized for its lack of diverse casting choices, just made a major step forward in Asian American representation.

Saturday Night Live is bringing three new featured players to 30 Rock for Season 45, including Bowen Yang, who will make history as SNL's first full-time Asian cast member. That means Yang, Fineman, and Gillis will be joining a stacked cast that includes the likes of veterans like Kate McKinnon and Kenan Thompson and rising stars like Heidi Gardner. She became a featured player along with Sasheer Zamata and Pete Davidson in 2014. Former players Fred Armisen and Rob Schneider both are one-quarter Asian, but neither has been widely recognized for their Asian ancestry. All three performers join the show in the wake of a significant exit: three-time Emmy nominee Leslie Jones recently announced that she would depart the series after five seasons. "As always expected! Congrats my friend. this is HUGE".

Yang also has a large Twitter presence, and is known for his lip-syncing.

Yang made his debut on the series last season as a writer.

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Fineman and Gillis have also built up some credits.

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"Saturday Night Live" Season 45 premieres September 28 at 11:30 p.m. on NBC. Fineman was a New Face at the 2018 Just for Laughs Festival, while Gillis earned the billing at the 2019 Just for Laughs Festival.

SNL Season 45 launches Saturday, Sept. 28 (NBC, 11:30/10:30c) with host Woody Harrelson and musical guest Billie Eilish.

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