Veteran actor and former Saturday Night Live star Chevy Chase ripped into the modern version of the show, describing it as having the “worst fucking humor in the world.”
In an interview with the Washington Post, Chase said that he was “amazed” that the show’s creator Lorne Michaels had “gone so low.”
“I had to watch a little of it, and I just couldn’t fucking believe it,” the National Lampoons star said of the long-running NBC show, which is currently approaching its 44th season. “That means a whole generation of shitheads laughs at the worst fucking humor in the world. You know what I mean? How could you dare give that generation worse shit than they already have in their lives? It just drives me nuts.”
Chase, who starred in the popular sketch comedy show’s original cast back in 1975 and won three Emmy Awards for his work, perhaps best known for the Weekend Update segment, argued that the show went downhill after its first two seasons.
“I’d have to say, that after the first two years, it went downhill. Why am I saying that? Because I was in it? I guess. That’s a horrible thing to say,” he explained “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.”
It is certainly not the first time that Chase has criticized Saturday Night Live in its modern incarnation.
“I mean it just gets so bad,” he said during a recent appearance on Netflix’s Norm Macdonald Has a Show. “It seems like some guys are out there just to be the guy who says, ‘Live from New York,’ and then does it poorly. Anyway, that’s not nice of me to say, but…fuck ’em.”
The 74-year-old comedian’s most recent appearance on SNL was back in 2015, when he was featured in the show’s 40th Anniversary Special.
In recent years, the show has become increasingly political, often targeting President Donald Trump, Republicans, or other prominent figures within the conservative movement. This view was recently admitted to by cast member Leslie Jones, who indicated it was time to move past “political stuff.”
“There was so much stuff that was happening, there was no way that our show, with the responsibility that we have, would not to cover that stuff,” she said of life under the Trump presidency. “It was just too important. But I do hope that next year will be a lot more funny-funny based stuff, more comedy based stuff instead of a lot of political stuff.”