With all the shakeups at Saturday Night Live recently, and a 40th-season cast that's made up almost entirely of unknown up-and-comers, it's difficult to remember that there was a time when Studio 8H was populated by the biggest names in comedy
At one point the likes of Mike Myers, Chris Rock, Phil Hartman, and David Spade all shared screen time on the iconic late night sketch fest.
But despite opening credits that read like a who's-who of the early '90s comedy world, Adam Sandler and Chris Farley may have been the cast's biggest breakout stars.
That's why the revelation made by Sandler in a recent interview with The Daily Beast is nothing short of astonishing:
"Yes, we were fired," Sandler said when asked about his and Farley's abrupt departures from SNL in 1995. "It hurt a lot at the time, because we were young and didn't know where we were going, but it all worked out."
Sandler, of course, went on to become one of the biggest box office draws of the late '90s and early 2000s, while Farley tragically died of a drug overdose in 1997 at the age of 33.
Of course, there's no way of knowing if Farley being kicked off of the show that made him famous contributed to his downward spiral, but the fact that he was dismissed less than two years before his untimely death will now serve as another grim footnote in the sordid history of SNL.
The Lorne Michaels-produced late night staple returns to NBC live with host Chris Pratt on September 27.