Joy Behar's Take on 'SNL' Debate: 'Model-Level' Beauties Aren't Funny

Controversy ignites over casting criteria in iconic comedy show.

by Zain ul Abedin
Joy Behar's Take on 'SNL' Debate: 'Model-Level' Beauties Aren't Funny
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In a lively exchange on "The View," co-host Joy Behar addressed the swirling controversy sparked by a viral TikTok video claiming "Saturday Night Live" shies away from casting "hot women." Behar, known for her no-nonsense humor, minced no words: "It's a comedy show, not a beauty pageant," emphasizing the program's comedic essence over physical aesthetics.

The conversation took an intriguing turn as Behar opined that female comedians on "SNL" shouldn't distract audiences with their looks, suggesting that excessive beauty might divert attention from their comedic talent. "You don’t want people too focused on your appearance rather than your humor," Behar remarked, pointing out that comedy transcends physical appeal.

Behar's critique extended beyond the female ensemble to iconic male cast members like John Belushi and Chris Farley, whom she humorously dismissed as far from her "ideal dates," challenging the notion that attractiveness is a staple for the show's cast.

SNL Beauty Debate

The debate traces back to a TikTok user, Jahelis, who stirred the pot with her bold claim that "SNL" has historically overlooked "hot" women for its cast. She clarified that while the show has featured attractive women, like Maya Rudolph and Kristen Wiig, none fit her criteria of "hot." Current cast members Sarah Sherman and Chloe Troast humorously responded to the critique, with Sherman asking for privacy "to grieve privately and uglily" and Troast offering a playful musical rebuttal.

This discussion arrives on the heels of supermodel Gisele Bündchen's appearance on "The View" to promote her cookbook, "Nourish," adding another layer to the ongoing dialogue about beauty standards in the entertainment industry.

"SNL" representatives have remained silent on the matter, leaving the public and fans to ponder the role physical attractiveness plays in comedy. As this debate unfolds, it underscores the evolving perceptions of beauty and talent in the limelight, challenging audiences and producers alike to reconsider what truly makes a performer appealing.