A Washington Post profile and interview of Chevy Chase has gone viral, mostly because Chase let it fly that he thinks Saturday Night Live has gone to shit.
It’s a somewhat complicated, but largely sympathetic look by Geoff Edgers at a [maybe] complex man whose legacy has swung back and forth between genius and scandal. Is he brilliant? An asshole? Both? Was he raised a rich asshole? Or did he survive a really dark childhood? The profile takes a wide look at all the phases of Chase’s career, speaking with him six times over the course of a year. The author also talks to others whose paths have crossed with Chevy’s including Lorne Michaels. And it covers some of that controversy surrounding Chase’s TV series Community.
But what’s stood out around the mediaverse is Chevy’s blunt critique of Saturday Night Live. “I’m amazed that Lorne has gone so low,” he says. “I had to watch a little of it, and I just couldn’t fucking believe it.”
In the article, he says the show hasn’t been funny since the original cast- in fact he goes even further saying the show went downhill after the first two years. Asked about some of Saturday Night Live‘s most iconic players, he calls Will Ferrell “not funny”, Tina Fey good, but basically useless, admits Eddie Murphy was funny, but blows off some of his work as “not that hard.” He compliments Kristin Wiig, but complains, “what happened to her?”
He’s not just blaming Lorne Michaels and the cast, he calls the audience “a whole generation of shitheads that laughs at the worst fucking humor in the world” and bemoans that the show gives that generation worse shit than they already have in their lives.
Some of his criticism may come from sour grapes after he claims Lorne turned down his request to come back and host in 2012. He says Lorne told him he was too old, but the Washington Post spoke with Lorne who told a different version of the same story, making it seem more like a misunderstanding than anything else. But Chevy remains upset, saying, “It’s like denying that I was the guy who made this show really go that first year,” he says. “It’s like taking all that away from me.”
You can read the full article at washingtonpost.com.