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Kerry Washington, 'SNL,' address that elephant in Studio 8H

Actress Kerry Washington, prepares earlier in the week

Actress Kerry Washington, prepares earlier in the week to appear on "Saturday Night Live." She is with "SNL" with cast member Taran Killam. (Oct. 29, 2013) Credit: AP

Impresarios who run important shows know when there's an elephant in the room, or in the case of "Saturday Night Live," on Studio 8H's proscenium.

So Lorne Michaels wasted no time Saturday in tackling the intruder. In a cold open that had guest host Kerry Washington play a pair of very famous black women because "Kenan didn't want to," "Saturday Night Live" not only addressed the one issue that's seemed to dog it all season -- no black female cast members -- but also turned a cold open around on the show itself. That doesn't happen often and it's certainly rare that an open is even particularly funny, as this one actually was. (And clever.)

Here it is, if you missed it.  Newsday app readers may want to go over to if you want to see Kerry Washington demonstrate that she has a missed career opportunity -- as an Oprah impersonator.

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