The show that made Chevy Chase a superstar has really gone downhill — according to Chevy Chase.
The 74-year-old actor and comedian just gave an interview in which he criticized just about every aspect of Saturday Night Live, from showrunner Lorne Michaels to some of its most successful cast members in recent years.
According to Chevy, the entire thing has gone to hell in a handbasket.
“I don’t want to put down Lorne or the cast, but I’ll just say… I’m amazed that Lorne has gone so low. I had to watch a little of it, and I just couldn’t f****ing believe it,” says Chevy. “That means a whole generation of s***heads laughs at the worst f****ing humor in the world. You know what I mean? How could you dare give that generation worse s*** than they already have in their lives?
It just drives me nuts.”
Usually, a line like that would be enough to make headlines on its own, but Chevy went the distance, ragging on just about everyone involved. Check out the most aggressive quotes and best reactions below.
Chevy was part of the original cast on the first season of SNL.
The show debuted in 1975, and Chevy stayed on board until halfway through the second season.
“I’d have to say, that after the first two years, it went downhill,” claims Chevy. “Why am I saying that? Because I was in it? I guess. That’s a horrible thing to say. But certainly I never had more fun. I really loved it and enjoyed it. I didn’t see the same fun thing happening to the cast the next year.”
Still, Chevy has appeared as a host in the past, most recently in 1997 — although he also gripes about how the show has treated him lately.
Apparently Lorne Michaels told Chevy, "You're too old."
“I didn’t get it,” explains Chevy. “You’re too old? We’d had many people older than me hosting. What did he mean? I’ve never understood what he meant. Because I’d be very good, and it would be fun for an audience to see me doing that. It’s like denying that I was the guy who made this show really go that first year. It’s like taking all that away from me.”
But Chevy reserved the brunt of his criticism for the cast members who achieved success after his tenure.
You'll recognize all these faces.
Chevy complains about Will Ferrell: “Just not funny. Makes $25 million a picture.”
He was a little bit nicer to Tina Fey: “I didn’t see what all the folderol was about. She was good.”
Kristen Wiig has, according to Chevy, disappeared. “She had two things going for her. She had clear-cut chops, and she was pretty, too. But what happened to her? Where did she go?”
And apparently Eddie Murphy was funny, but his famous impression of Stevie Wonder wasn’t. According to Chevy, playing Stevie was “not that hard, for Christ’s sake. Your skin’s the same color. You just put on some sunglasses and do this.”
As you can imagine, people are having strong reactions to Chevy's comments.
When you attack some of comedy’s most beloved stars, fans are going to get defensive. Chevy had to know this was coming.
Many think this is just a plea for attention from a bitter comic who’s past his prime.
But just as many people think Chevy has a point.
SNL is no stranger to criticism, especially in recent years. The show has seen ratings slip consistently over the past decade.
These days, there seem to be more critics of the show than supporters.
So is Chevy right? Has one of the longest running comedy shows lost its way? Or is this all just the crotchety grumbling of a former star past his prime?