The actress and comedienne told 'The Bill Simmons Podcast' that she was recently dropped from an upcoming film role after producers saw her blackface sketch from her 2007 Comedy Central show, The Sarah Silverman Program'.
Actress and comedienne Sarah Silverman revealed in a recent interview that a 2007 sketch cost her an acting role in an upcoming film. Silverman featured on 'The Bill Simmons Podcast' and confirmed that she was fired from her role for her sketch in which she wore blackface.
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"I recently was going to do two days on a movie, a sweet part in a cool little movie, then at 11 p.m. the night before they fired me because they saw a picture of me in blackface from that episode," Silverman said in the interview.
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The episode in question features Silverman wearing very prominent blackface after arguing with a Black person about whether it was harder to be Black or Jewish. The clip featured below, shows Silverman attracting scorn from many people that she encounters.
"I'm not that person anymore," Silverman added in her recent interview, "I understand that it's never okay." The actress also confirmed that the filmmakers decided to hire someone else who Silverman describes as 'wonderful' but also as someone who has 'never stuck their neck out'.
Silverman also admitted feeling disheartened about losing the project, adding the fact that she was working hard towards making things right about the sketch. "It was so disheartening. It just made me real, real sad because I've really kind of devoted my life to [make] it right," Silverman added.
Back in 2018, Silverman expressed her regret over the sketch in a GQ profile. "I don't stand by the blackface sketch. I'm horrified by it, and I can't erase it," she said. "I can only be changed by it and move on."