Former Saturday Night Live cast member Horatio Sanz criticized his former show Thursday for being too “conservative” and complained public pressure had forced SNL to move away from its leftist roots.
Sanz, who appeared on the show from 1998 to 2006, told the B.S. Report’s Bill Simmons that during SNL40 he smoked a joint with Mick Jagger, before going in to a 20-minute rant about his love for marijuana and hatred for the show’s politics.
During the Grantland podcast, Sanz complained the writing on SNL has the ability to sway elections, something its writers don’t take advantage of, before giving a few examples of how “right-wing” things have become over at NBC Studios.
“That’s what you get out of that story?” Sanz said about a sketch poking fun at Nancy Pelosi and San Francisco. “That everyone in San Francisco is so weird that they’re wearing f–king leather and whipping each other.”
“It’s that kind of conservative bulls–t that I was against,” Sanz said.
Sanz also said that Will Ferrell’s “bro” version of former President George W. Bush may have helped him win the 2000 election.
“In the spirit of the show as it was when it started, it should be a little more anti-establishment, a little less conservative,” he told Simmons. “So I think that the message of the show has become less about these leftist politics and more about just being popular.”
You can watch the entire interview here.