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Julia Louis-Dreyfus admit that ‘Saturday Night Live’ Was a ‘Very Sexist’ Environme

 Julia Louis-Dreyfus admit that Saturday Night Live didn’t leave her with a “deep sense of happiness” because the set was “a very sexist environment.”

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“I did not come out of SNL as any kind of name, ” Louis-Dreyfus said in an interview with the New York Times. “I didn’t do anything particularly great when I was there. I didn’t. It’s fine. But I learned a tremendous amount. It was a very sexist environment. Since I’ve gone back, I can tell you it’s much more of an equal-opportunity environment.”

Veep star, best known for role as Elaine Benes on Seinfeld,  said her three years of experience from 1982 to 1985 on Saturday Night Live taught her to only accept roles that would make her truly happy. She looks back on her time at SNL ‘fondly-ish’.

“When I left, I made this conscious decision that I would not take any jobs that didn’t seem as if they would be really fun, ” Louis-Dreyfus said. “That’s very simplistic and Pollyannaish sounding, but really, I noted that. I’m not doing this unless I can have a deep sense of happiness while doing it. I’ve applied that, moving forward, and it’s worked. So in that sense, I have ‘SNL’ to thank.”

When Saturday Night Live launched its 39th season in September 2013, it added six new cast members — five men and one woman, and all of them were white.

Debuted October 1975, the weekly NBC show, has endured criticism for its lack of black female cast members. “Saturday Night Live, ”  the 55-years old added, “is like its own university. Once you’ve been there, there is a kinship with everyone who’s been there and everyone who is there.”

‘Tina [Fey] and Amy [Poehler] and I are friends. I met them both when I hosted, and we’ve been in touch since then. I like those guys. I feel a connection to them.’

Julia – who remains the second youngest female to join the SNL cast – returns to host this Saturday for third time.

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