Chevy’s Bad Behaviour
While Chevy Chase rose to fame based on his amusingly arrogant persona on the show, he also became known for how difficult he could be behind the scenes. Chase, both a writer and cast member, often clashed with just about everyone on set. After the first episode of Season 2, he was absent from two episodes due to an injury (which many believed was fake). He then returned for three episodes before exiting the series for good that November. Chase returned to host the show several times over the following decades, often with disastrous results. For example, in 1985, he suggested that the writers do a sketch focusing on how much weight openly-gay cast member Terry Sweeny lost each week due to AIDS. He also slapped Cheri Oteri in the 90s while rehearsing. Despite being ‘banned’ from the show, Chase has made several other cameos since then.
The End Of An Era
During its first five seasons, Saturday Night Live grew into a staple of NBC’s line-up. It quickly became an attraction for the biggest names in music (for example, The Rolling Stones, Bob Dylan, Bette Midler, and David Bowie) and entertainment (such as Carrie Fisher, Martin Sheen, Bob Newhart, and O.J. Simpson). At the same time, several cast members, including Gilda Radner and Jane Curtain, became celebrities. Comedian Steve Martin hosted a whopping eight times during the first five seasons and made several cameo appearances, leading many to believe he was a cast member. After the fifth season, Lorne Michaels asked NBC for a hiatus, citing burnout. Rather than allowing the show to go on break, however, they replaced Lorne as executive producer. In response, the entire cast and writing staff left as well.