At least that’s the gossip on E! online. In case you hadn’t heard, two women (Wilson and Michaela Watkins) were fired from the show as two women were hired. (Still no new black comics, though; I love how a show that prides itself on its political satire has exactly 0 black people in its cast at a time when the Obamas are in the White House.) [ETA: I forgot about Kenan Thompson! Sorry, Kenan!] Anyway, here’s the dirt:
Watkins has been vocal, and pretty cheerful, about her exit from SNL, but Casey’s been completely quiet on the matter.
Could it be because of the totally bitchy and sexist way in which she was ousted from the sketch show?
Our inside comedy sources tell us SNL producers told the curvy Casey to lose 30 pounds during the show’s summer hiatus. They pretty much demanded it. And whether Wilson just couldn’t drop the weight or she just only wanted to give her middle finger some exercise, she didn’t drop a damn pound. And that’s when she was axed, we’re told.
The comedian was already on thin ice, since she never really developed a hit character on the show or struck a nerve with audiences during her two-season run. Case was aware she was one of the show’s least popular playersâ€”she even made a Funny or Die video about people not finding her funny (which, coincidentally, we find hilarious).
But insisting she drop pounds to be another stick-thin star? How pathetically prehistoric could Lorne Michaels & Co. possibly get? Casey was pretty much the only female castmember the show’s had in years who wasn’t a size 6 or smaller (a pregnant Amy Poehler notwithstanding). Whereas SNL’s been famous for highlighting obese menâ€”John Belushi, Chris Farley, Horatio Sanz, Bobby Moynihan, to name a few.
Did Will Ferrell have to look good in a bikini for people to laugh at him? Hell no! So why should the women be treated any differently?
I couldn’t have said it better myself. She was certainly not my favorite cast member (she never really carved out a niche for herself on the show, and pales in comparison to someone like Kristin Wiig) but her weight shouldn’t have been a factor in her firing, and if it was, it’s appalling. Here’s the Funny or Die video that Wilson made a while ago, mocking mean comments made about her on the internet.
Thanks to my beloved Annie for the link!
[ETA Casey Wilson is denying this story. Now I wonder where the rumor came from in the first place.]
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