We mean, he seemed like he hardly ever got on the show, but every time he did it was a massive hit. So what was the issue?? More like issues. Plural.
But after an interview with Ebro In The Morning on Thursday, we have a much better idea what went down.
Basically, the comic says there were a lot of sources of friction, including that he was pigeonholed as just an impressionist, that the higher ups wouldn't green light Barack Obama sketches, and that he ruffled feathers by speaking up about the show's infamous lack of black women.
Pharoah also refused to cooperate in one very specific way — wearing a dress. He says he was always being asked to wear drag by other writers and cast members; he broke it down: