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Chevy Chase wants to host SNL, but Lorne Michaels hearts Tina

With the success of NBC's 'Community', should now be the time for Chevy Chase to guest host 'SNL'? I got a chance to ask Chase about it at SDCC this past weekend.

After his past season of Saturday Night Live, I thought a neat poll or contest to hold here would be predicting which famous people would likely guest host on the show next season. You can make a pretty good guess if you look at what movies are coming up (my money’s on Jeff Bridges to promote TRON) and who has a TV show or album to promote. For someone who’s an alumni and legend in the SNL community, Chevy Chase hasn’t guest hosted the show since 1997! But now having something new (and successful) to promote, with Community, he should be a shoe-in for guest hosting, right?

During the San Diego Comic-Con this past week, I got a chance to sit down with the cast of Community, including Chase. I found an opportunity to ask him what was up with any possible SNL guest hosting on the horizon.

Me: Is there any chance you’d be a guest on SNL, now that you’re on Community?

Chevy Chase: I don’t know … I think Lorne [Michaels] is angry at me for some reason.

Me: I thought I had heard something about that.

Chevy Chase: I don’t know why. I think it’s because I let Donald [Glover] into the room one night when we were watching something in Lorne’s office. (to Glover) Do you know why he’s angry?

Donald Glover: No. I don’t talk to him.

Chevy Chase: I think Lorne’s pissed at me. I’m not sure why. I’m really half kidding. I do like to go and watch the show and stuff. I did say once to Lorne, “Hey, now’s the time! I should be hosting! To promote my show.” And he sorta sneered. And then I realized, well, that’s because the other show, with Amy [Poehler] (Parks & Recreation)! Why would he promote mine? [Note: Later Chase said he meant Tina Fey, with 30 Rock.]

What do you think? Should we start another Facebook campaign and get people to demand Chase to guest host?

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4 Responses to “Chevy Chase wants to host SNL, but Lorne Michaels hearts Tina”

July 28, 2010 at 4:11 PM

Joel McHale as a host would be interesting to me (to promote Community). Or Glover. Or both Glover and Danny Pudi together.

I mean Betty White was never on, Chase is clocking in on 8 guest host stints

Did you ask him because he got banned in ’97? I didn’t know that… do you want him to come back to show everything’s fine now?

Did I completely miss the irony here?

July 28, 2010 at 4:15 PM

No irony. He’s an old alum to the show, and he hasn’t hosted in over ten years. I’d like to see what he could bring back to the show.

July 28, 2010 at 4:18 PM

Ah ok. I have a couple of DVDs from the 90s of SNL (Chris Farley, Chris Rock, Steve Martin) and started to watch regularly in 2007 I think so I still have to catch up a lot on SNL history :-)

July 28, 2010 at 11:41 PM

Pretty sure Lorne gave Chevy Chase a lifetime ban, specifically for belittling Terry Sweeney and homosexuals, but more generally for a behavioral pattern of abuse that goes back to his fight with Bill Murray in the ’70s. Thus, Chase should not host the show despite how funny he is and the comeback his career is making. That said, I don’t have any problem with him making cameos the way he has been, as they’re really quite amusing and it’s nice to see the show connect with its history.