There was once a time when Chevy Chase was associated with words like comedy and legend, but ever since his departure from Community, the admiration the former Saturday Night Live star once garnered has completely timed out.
During a recent interview with the Geoff Edgers of the Post, Chevy went on a hate-filled rant about the state of SNL, the people that watch it, and Lorne Michael losing touch.
“First of all, between you and me and a lamppost, jeez, I don’t want to put down Lorne or the cast, but I’ll just say, maybe off the record, I’m amazed that Lorne has gone so low. I had to watch a little of it, and I just couldn’t f—— believe it.”
Chevy then doubled down by bashing the careers of former SNL cast members Will Ferrell, Tina Fey, Kristen Wiig, and even the great Eddie Murphy.
Chase: “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. 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.”
Geoff Edgers: But what about Will Ferrell doing George W. Bush?
Chase: “Just not funny. Makes $25 million a picture.”
Edgers: Tina Fey?
Chase: “I liked Tina. I didn’t see what all the folderol was about. She was good.”
Edgers: How about Kristen Wiig?
Chase: “I liked her a lot. She had two things going for her. She had clear-cut chops, and she was pretty, too. But what happened to her? Where did she go?”
Edgers: Eddie Murphy?
Chase: “I thought Eddie Murphy was funny. Gumby. I found that funny and people loved that… Stevie Wonder, he did well. [Pause.] It’s not that hard, for Christ’s sake. Your skin’s the same color. You just put on some sunglasses and do this.”
Given his track record, it’s not all that surprising Chevy went on this racially charged rant, but after claiming to sober, healthy, and ready to work, it doesn’t seem like the best career move. Who in their right mind would want to work with him at this point?
What are your thoughts on Chevy’s most recent rant? Let us know in the comments below!
Source: The Washington Post
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