Julia Louis-Dreyfus Says 'SNL' Was a "Very Sexist Environment" in the '80s

She'll be returning this weekend to host.

Julia Louis-Dreyfus Says 'SNL' Was a "Very Sexist Environment" in the '80s
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Julia Louis-Dreyfus is returning to Saturday Night Live this weekend to host. But in a recent interview with the New York Times, the actress says she looks back on her time as a cast member only "fondly-ish."

"It was a very sexist environment," she told the outlet (opens in new tab)

The Veep star isn't the first female cast member to speak out about the problematic attitudes behind-the-scenes on the comedy show.

Jane Curtin quoted her fellow cast member John Belushi as saying (opens in new tab): "'Women are just fundamentally not funny." And Janeane Garofalo reportedly (opens in new tab) called her years on the show, "the most miserable experience of my life," and compared it to "fraternity hazing."

To be fair, all of those examples are from the '70s,'80s, and early '90s. And Louis-Dreyfus says things *have* changed.

"Since I've gone back, I can tell you it's much more of an equal-opportunity environment," she said. Well, thank goodness for that.

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Kate Storey is a contributing editor at Marie Claire and writer-at-large at Esquire magazine, where she covers culture and politics. Kate's writing has appeared in ELLE, Harper's BAZAAR, Town & Country, and Cosmopolitan, and her first book comes out in summer 2023.