Awkwafina made “Saturday Night Live” (SNL) history when she became the first Asian woman to host the comedy sketch show in 18 years since Liu in 2000. Awkwafina took a moment during her opening monologue to praise Liu and share a personal story about watching the “Elementary” star on SNL.
“I just want to say, and this is a true story, back in 2000 I came here to ’30 Rock’ and waited outside when my idol Lucy Liu hosted SNL,” etonline.com quoted Awkwafina as saying.
“I was a kid and I didn’t have a ticket, so I knew that I wasn’t getting in. I just wanted to be near the building and I remember how important that episode was for me, and how it totally changed what I thought was possible for an Asian American woman,” she added.
Awkwafina continued: “Thank you Lucy for opening the door. I wasn’t able to make it into the building back then. 18 years later, I am hosting the show. I love you Lucy.”