Lorne Michaels On The Worst SNL Host Ever

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Last Saturday, Melissa McCarthy made her third trip to the Saturday Night Live stage, but not every episode hit comedy gold. Yes — for every Justin Timberlake, there's a January Jones.
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Of course, nobody knows that better than series creator Lorne Michaels. While his New York profile doesn't specifically name his pick for the worst SNL host of all time, it does highlight a couple of celebrity stinkers.
"I think the Steven Seagal show was just a really hard week," he says in reference to an old Al Franken joke, in which Michaels outs the martial arts master as a horrible host. "I’m not sure, on an objective level, that he was necessarily the worst."
Late comedy legend Milton Berle also ranks as a troublesome talent. "Milton Berle I was just not prepared for," he says. "I’m more sympathetic to him now than I was then, in 1979. He had ruled this place for so many years, and we were these kids telling him no. In the middle of the monologue, a steel pipe hit the floor, which had never happened before. Milton went, 'Uh-oh, NBC just dropped another show.' I see the stagehand, who was an old stagehand here that Milton knew. I said, 'Willy, what happened?' He said, 'Milton told me to drop this pipe.' I said, 'Milton, we don’t do planned ad-libs.' He put his hand on my shoulder and went, 'I know. Satire. Don’t worry, I’ll make it CBS.'"
With so many good stories, you're no doubt wondering when the show-runner will get on Twitter. The answer: not anytime soon. Says Michaels, "I don’t tweet for a very simple reason, which is that I drink." Please, somebody make that a sketch. (Uproxx)
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