Quinta Brunson has called out the hit TV series Friends for having ‘no Black characters’.
The comedian and actress, 33, is best known for starring in the Emmy-nominated series Abbott Elementary.
Brunson recently joined the list of a number of illustrious celebrities to host Saturday Night Live (SNL).
During her appearance, the As of Yet star took the opportunity to aim a dig at the iconic 90s sitcom.
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During her opening monologue, Brunson recalled how she auditioned to be on the long-running entertainment show but was unsuccessful.
She said: “I wanted to be on SNL back in the day but the audition process seemed long – so instead, I just created my own TV show, made sure it became really popular, won a bunch of Emmys and then got asked to host.
“So much easier, so much easier.”
Brunson then proceeded to break down what her show Abbott Elementary is about – which is when she took aim at Friends.
She continued: “It’s a network sitcom like, say, Friends. Except, instead of being about a group of friends, it’s about a group of teachers.
“Instead of New York, it’s in Philadelphia and instead of not having Black people, it does.”
Friends has faced criticism in recent times for only featuring non-white actors in smaller roles.
This led to one of the co-creators, Marta Kauffman, addressing the backlash in an interview with the Los Angeles Times, saying: “I’ve learned a lot in the last 20 years.
“Admitting and accepting guilt is not easy. It’s painful looking at yourself in the mirror. I’m embarrassed that I didn’t know better 25 years ago.
“It took me a long time to begin to understand how I internalised systemic racism.”
She then proceeded to donate $4m (£3.2m) to fund an endowed chair for the African and African American studies department at the university she studied at.
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However, Lisa Kudrow, who played Phoebe in the show, has defended Kauffman and her co-creator David Crane, in an interview with The Daily Beast.
She said: “Well, I feel like it was a show created by two people who went to Brandeis and wrote about their lives after college.
“They have no business writing stories about the experiences of being a person of colour.”
Jennifer Aniston added to this by saying that there is a whole new generation who now find Friends ‘offensive’.