Every Saturday for over 40 years, people around the country have tuned in for America’s most famous late-night sketch comedy show, Saturday Night Live. With its outstanding talent, fantastic hosts, and incredible musical guests, SNL has birthed the careers of industry titans, including Eddie Murphy, Chevy Chase, John Belushi, Adam Sandler, and many more.
Despite its legendary status, SNL hasn’t always been laughter and sunshine. Sometimes, things on stage and behind the scenes have been pretty terrible. From bottles full of urine (yes, urine) to misogyny and horrific deaths, here are 15 secrets you never knew about Saturday Night Live.
1. Chevy Chase was extremely homophobic
In the ’80s at the height of the HIV/AIDS epidemic, Chevy Chase thought it would be funny to tell a horrific joke at openly gay cast member Terry Sweeney’s expense. Chase said, “He should be weighed every week to see if he has AIDS.”
He told the joke live and on-air. Michaels was horrified and disgusted by Chase’s comment and forced him to apologize to Sweeney immediately.
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