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Quinta Brunson would like everyone to know that her friend Barack (Yes as in, President Obama) agrees, teachers SHOULD have higher pay. It was a refreshing addition to the normal cheeky monolgues that SNL dishes out every week.
Quinta Brunson strolled into hosting SNL with a mission. Her opening monologue touched on her career journey from wanting to be on the sketch comedy show to then hosting it. She also called for teachers to be paid the money they deserve. No surprise from the creator of the hit series Abbott Elementary.
“I wanted to be on SNL back in the day, but the audition process seemed a little long,” the Abbott Elementary creator said. “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. It’s so much easier.”
Quinta Brunson went on to explain that creating a show about teachers has been special for her because her mom was a teacher in Philadelphia. She also shared that she wished people didn’t expect her to be like Janine, her character in the show.
“Janine Teague is a caring second grade teacher, who’s good and wholesome, but I’m the opposite,” she joked. “I mean, I’m not a filthy whore, but I like to have fun. I need to be able to live my life without someone recording me going, ‘Damn, Miss Teague is out here getting wasted at Universal Studios.’”
This led to her then championing the hardwork teachers put in everyday.
“Acknowledge the work they do every day,” Brunson said. “And for the love of God, pay them the money they deserve.”
Check out her monolgue below: