Chevy Chase: SNL Totally Sucks Now!

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Chevy Chase is a comedic legend, though that legacy has been mired by controversies -- including his fondness for humor that relates to race.

He's been direct about getting "tune-ups" in rehab in the past, and now Chevy is speaking about his career in a new interview.

He is mercilessly bashing Saturday Night Live, and addressing a certain racially charged controversy from his time on Community.

Chevy Chase at the US Open

In an interview with The Washington Post, Chevy Chase trashes Saturday Night Live even though the show is extremely popular.

"First of all, between you and me and a lamppost," Chevy says. "Jeez, I don't want to put down Lorne [Michaels] or the cast."

He doesn't want to, but he's just going to power through it.

"But I'll just say, maybe off the record, I'm amazed that Lorne has gone so low," Chevy says, apparently on the record since it was published.

"I had to watch a little of it," he says of the show. "And I just couldn't f--king believe it."

Chevy Chase Pic

Chevy Chase is well aware that Saturday Night Live is enjoying a great deal of popularity, having become more socially relevant than it's been in years.

It's not just audiences who think so. Saturday Night Live just won Outstanding Variety Sketch Series at the 2018 Emmy Awards.

"That means a whole generation of s--theads laughs at the worst f--king humor in the world," Chevy claims.

"You know what I mean?" he continues. "How could you dare give that generation worse s--t than they already have in their lives? It just drives me nuts."

That last part is almost nice of him.

Chevy Chase in a Tuxedo

Chevy speaks fondly of his time on the very earliest seasons of Saturday Night Live.

"I'd have to say, that after the first two years, it went downhill..." Chevy says. "Why am I saying that? Because I was in it? I guess."

"That's a horrible thing to say," Chevy admits. "But certainly I never had more fun. I really loved it and enjoyed it."

He continues: "I didn't see the same fun thing happening to the cast the next year."

Sometimes, humor is generational -- you know this if you've ever made a Vine reference that a relative didn't know, played the Vine, and then to your horror had to explain why it's funny.

In Chevy's case, there may be an ego factor. Some people always believe that they did it best, and that an ex's life (in this case, an ex show) is worse without them.

Donald Glover

Back in February, Donald Glover spoke about his time on the beloved comedy series Community, and mentioned that Chevy had made "racial cracks" at him during filming.

We already knew about that time Chevy said the n-word and got production halted, but apparently Chevy told Donald "People think you're funnier because you're black."

When asked about the alleged incident, Chevy doesn't seem to recall, but admits: "I could have said it."

He insists, however, that if he said it, it would have been as a joke.

Chevy mentions having seen Donald Glover this year, and couldn't resist joking: "I never saw a guy turn white so fast."

Chevy Chase on Community

It's unclear whether Chevy understands that the racial lean to his jokes are offensive.

Given his comments about comedy that doesn't include him, he may simply think that other people don't understand good jokes.

According to production reports from Community, Chevy was constantly roasted by his castmates for not understanding the show's jokes.

It's unclear how much of his character, Pierce, was deliberately informed by the actor, but it certainly looks like a case of art immitating life.

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