Comedian Sarah Silverman revealed that she was once fired from a movie over a controversial sketch from her 2007 TV show that had her appear in blackface.
The 48-year-old comedian appeared on “The Bill Simmons Podcast” for a discussion about her career and the ever-increasing “canceled” culture that’s seen past behavior topple famous celebrities and their reputations.
The often outspoken stand-up revealed that she didn’t argue when she was fired from a recent film role the night before shooting began after an old image of her in blackface surfaced. The image was from a sketch she performed on “The Sarah Silverman Program" several years ago.
“I recently was going to do a movie, a sweet part, then at 11 p.m. the night before they fired me because they saw a picture of me in blackface from that episode. I didn't fight it," Silverman said (via The Hollywood Reporter), noting that she’s no longer that kind of comic. "They hired someone else, who is wonderful, but who has never stuck their neck out. It was so disheartening. It just made me real, real sad, because I really kind of devoted my life to making it right."