“Nailed It!” host Nicole Byer had a few things to say about Netflix in a series of now-deleted tweets on Tuesday.
A social media user messaged Byer to point out they’d seen a thumbnail for the baking show, but it only featured head judge Jacques Torres and assistant director Weston Bahr, who are both white men.
@dylsauce posted, “I remember reading somewhere that @netflix puts men on the thumbnails of shows and movies a lot, but yo – this is NUTS. @nicolebyer IS ‘NAILED IT’. I love wes and chef jacques but COME ON – this is so upsetting.”
Byer then replied, according to E! News: “If Netflix didn’t sign my checks and give me a huge platform and opportunity to showcase my comedy. I would talk about how f–ked up and disrespectful this is to me a black woman. Also how black women are a lot of times erased from many different conversations.”
“I would talk about how it makes me know my true value as the host of the show where I work incredibly hard to elevate the material given to me. Lot of moments people love are improvised.”
She continued, “I would talk about how this [is] essentially white washing for more views. But they sign my checks and I’m honestly so happy and greatful [sic] to and for the show and no sarcasm I love my job and wish to keep it so I’ll be quiet.”
“To be clear. I know there are thumbnails with and without my face… This one just seems for lack of a better word deliberate. Again I love my job.”
Byer has since posted, “I deleted my last set of tweets bc I talked to one the execs on my show about it and the thrilling conclusion is the removal of the image and a conversation about how the thumbnails are made and selected that I’m happy with.”