It’s a wild week for shocking accusations in celebrity memoirs.
First, Lamar Odom claimed a pimp tried to kill him, and now former Saturday Night Live star Chris Kattan has leveled some appalling accusations at iconic producer Lorne Michaels.
Kattan was an SNL regular from 1996 to 2003.
He played a number of recurring characters, most notably one half of the Roxbury Guys, alongside Will Ferrell.
In homage to his most famous schtick, Kattan titled his newly-released memoir Baby, Don’t Hurt Me.
And unlike SNL stars past, he didn’t hold back in his portrayal of the show’s famously domineering — and oddly humorous — creator, Lorne Michaels.
When Roxbury was adapted into a movie in 1998 (for our younger readers — this used to be a common practice for popular SNL sketches), Amy Heckerling was tapped to direct.
Following the success of such films as Fast Times at Ridgemont High and Clueless, Heckerling was one of the most in-demand comedy directors in Hollywood.
And it seems Michaels was willing to go to great lengths to keep her attached to the project.
Or more accurately, he was willing to pressure his employees to go to great lengths.
“Paramount would only do the movie if Amy signed on as a director, not as a producer,” Kattan writes.
“[Michaels] wanted to make sure the movie happened, then [he] had to keep Amy happy.”
He recalls a phone call with Michaels in which his boss instructed in him just how to keep Heckerling happy”
“Chris, I’m not saying you have to f–k her, but it wouldn’t hurt,” he recalls Michaels saying.
And so, Kattan got it on with Heckerling — and was respectful to Lorne in the process:
“She thought it would be fun to have sex on Lorne’s desk,” he writes.
“Wow, what a great idea! Jesus Christ. I said a polite ‘F–k, no!’ to that, so we ended up going to her office and having sex on … yep, you guessed it, the ‘casting couch.’ ”
Michaels’ camp has issued a firm denial, stating simply:
“This did not happen.”
Obviously, we can’t say for certain who’s telling the truth — but it would be a pretty random story for Kattan to make up 20 years later.