Saturday Night Live, which has received much Emmy and popular acclaim over the past few decades, has come under fire from none other than former cast member Chevy Chase. Chase is known for many major film and projects, but none more so than SNL, given his strange history with the program. When the late-night sketch comedy show began in 1975, Chase was right up there and is known for playing many key roles, including saying the iconic intro line and acting as the first "Weekend Update" anchor.
After leaving abruptly leaving the show, Chase continued to have a remarkable career throughout the '80s, most notably as the star of the National Lampoon's Vacation films. But Chase's career began to dip, and after exiting under "mutual agreement" from the popular NBC comedy Community in 2014, his reputation as a difficult and disgruntled actor became more prominent. So these recent comments aren't completely out of left field.
In a recent profile for the Washington Post, the actor spewed hatred for the show that made him a household name. Chase said that he was "amazed" that creator Lorne Michaels had "gone so low." He then added, "That means a whole generation of sh*theads laughs at the worst f****** humor in the world." Though Chase said something to the effect of making this "maybe off the record," he had no problem continuing to say harsh things about the show.
The profile on Chase comes at what the author leads us to believe could be a turning point for the actor. It's noted that Chase is now sober (following an embarrassing appearance on the Saturday Night Live 40th Anniversary Special in 2015), has lost a considerable amount of weight, and is looking to get back into the swing of things. But given his attitude, it's understandable that many have written him off. But regardless of people's personal feelings towards Chase, his comments may not be far off from the truth. Leslie Jones recently commented on SNL's future, saying that she hopes the series moves away from focusing on politics, something that it has done even more of since the 2016 U.S. Presidential Election.
Chase doesn't seem to be interested in returning to his roots anytime soon, but he does have a project in the works at Netflix, in which he stars alongside Richard Dreyfuss. Interestingly enough, the plot revolves around a retired comedian who returns to the limelight. Art imitating life, indeed.