Comedy legend John Belushi openly admitted that he did not like working with female cast members. Jane Curtin told The Huffington Post that Belushi didn’t want to take part in any sketches that were penned by the show’s female writers.
Although he wasn’t the only one who didn’t want to work with the women on the show, Belushi was the worst of them and actually stated that “women are just fundamentally not funny.” Curtin also said of him that he “felt as though it was his duty to sabotage pieces written by women.”
Jenny Slate Dropped the F-Bomb
You may not even remember that Jenny Slate used to be on 'SNL' because even during her time on the show she did not appear in many episodes. That is because she dropped the F-bomb on her very first sketch. It was called “Biker Chick Chat” and it was written by Slate, and while performing it, the word just slipped out.
You can immediately see that she knows what she’s done and regrets it. She wasn’t fired right away but remained on the show until the end of the season, and then her contract was not renewed. The worst part was that she found out that she had been fired by reading it online, according to Last Night On.
Even Popular Cast Members Were Fired
Adam Sandler and Chris Farley, who were two of SNL’s biggest stars, and were immensely popular with the fans, were suddenly let go – on the same day. Sandler said he had no idea that they were on their way out until Farley ran into his office shouting, “We’re getting fired!”.
Apparently, Sandler still doesn’t know why they were let go, but the reason probably has something to do with the low ratings the show had at the time.
The Host Checked Out Early
On one occasion, a host accidentally walked off the stage a minute and a half before the final skit was over. Former cast member Nasim Pedrad told Radar Online the story, "...The sketch awkwardly faded to black in the middle of one of our lines, and the whole thing was a mess. My favorite part was the host sweetly came up to me during the goodbyes and was like, ‘Hey, we did it!’ And I did not have the heart to tell him that we certainly did not.”
Although Pedrad was discreet enough not to reveal the name of the host, Reddit users strongly suspect this incident took place during the sketch in which Bruce Willis appeared as a centaur.
'SNL' has dealt with accusations of plagiarism more than once over the years. In 2015, comedian Ben Zweig claimed that they had "ripped off" a sketch he wrote for Comedy Hack Day about "Settl", a dating app for "sad people." Seems like he wasn’t that angry though, saying he would forgive them if they gave him a "handwritten apology on a napkin that Ryan Gosling has breathed on."
Other writers were not so understanding. Ian Gary, who claimed that the sketch "River Sister" about Tina Turner impersonators was stolen from him in 2014, went on Facebook and wrote, “Over the years I have seen MANY, MANY sketches flat out stolen from my friends by Saturday Night Live. Nearly verbatim."