Sarah Silverman Was Fired From Film Role For Blackface Photo

"I didn't fight it," the comedian said in a recent interview.

A 2007 episode of Sarah Silverman’s sketch show featuring her in blackface recently cost her a job.

The comedian revealed that she got dropped from an upcoming film after producers saw the controversial image.

Sarah Silverman
Sarah Silverman
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Speaking on The Bill Simmons Podcast, Sarah said: “I recently was going to do two days on a movie, a sweet part in a cool little movie, then at 11pm the night before they fired me because they saw a picture of me in blackface from that episode.”

The comedian noted she’s “not that person anymore” and added: “I understand that it’s never OK.”

In the episode of The Sarah Silverman Show, her character wears blackface after arguing with a Black person about whether it’s “harder” to be Jewish or Black. She attracts scorn from many people she encounters.

As for the recent lost project, Sarah said filmmakers hired someone else, who she described as “wonderful” but also as someone “who has never stuck their neck out.”

“It was so disheartening,” she added. “It just made me real, real sad because I’ve really kind of devoted my life to making it right.”

Sarah previously expressed regret for the episode in a 2018 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.”


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