Two years ago, Chevy Chase checked into rehab to help clean up his life and booze issues. Before he made the decision to go, Chevy released more verbal trash than the ass-end of a garbage truck. Chevy recently spoke to The Washington Post about the new Chevy, aka a sober guy who wants a job. Apparently there’s no 12-step program for saying the kind of shit that will inevitably burn bridges, because Chevy dragged his previous employer, Saturday Night Live.
74-year-old Chevy Chase clearly shares DNA with every internet commenter who has ever typed the words: “SNL hasn’t been funny since the ’70s.” Because according to Chevy – who obviously has no knowledge of Stefon or Debbie Downer or David S. Pumpkins – Saturday Night Live stopped being funny in 1977. Coincidentally, that’s also the same year Chevy left the show. Good to see Chevy’s ego is as healthy as ever.
“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.”
And don’t get him started on the current season of SNL. Chevy was invited to the 43rd season finale in May by Lorne Michaels, who allegedly told Chevy he’s “still a legend here” (although Chevy adds that when he asked Lorne if he could host the show sometime, Lorne reportedly responded with a hard no, saying he was “too old“). Chevy still went to the finale, but he probably didn’t have a great time.
“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 fucking believe it.”
He is reminded that SNL is immensely popular, with millions of viewers.
“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.”
Chevy also gave an Aretha-style run-down of this thoughts on successful former cast members.
On Will Ferrell: “Just not funny. Makes $25 million a picture.”
On Tina Fey: “I liked Tina. I didn’t see what all the folderol was about. She was good.”
On Kristen Wiig: “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?”
On Eddie Murphy: “I thought Eddie Murphy was funny. Gumby. I found that funny and people loved that. Stevie Wonder, he did well – it’s not that hard, for Christ’s sake. Your skin’s the same color. You just put on some sunglasses and do this.”
The Washington Post also asked Chevy about his relationship with Donald Glover, who earlier this year described Chevy as a man “fighting time” and “thrashing in the water.” Chevy ran into Donald backstage at the season 43 finale, and says: “I never saw a guy turn white so fast.” It’s really too bad Chevy didn’t conduct this interview with a publicist present. Because that’s probably when said publicist would have attempted a last-ditch moment of damage control by nervously asking The Washington Post: “Uh…would you believe it if I told you that was Chevy’s attempt at a Teddy Perkins joke?”