Rewind: Chris Farley on Missing 'SNL'
By ROBERT PACE
August 31, 2012
Chris Farley will be immortalized for his rambunctious humor on Saturday Night Live and in films like Tommy Boy, but when it came to talking about leaving the show that had launched his career and that he dearly loved, he didn't joke around.
"Well, I love 'Saturday Night Live.' It was the best thing that's ever happened to me; that's for sure," Farley says on this day in 1995 alongside David Spade on the set of Black Sheep. "It's the best and I sure am going to miss it."
While Farley's exit from SNL was never convincingly established by him or the show, his former co-star Adam Sandler has previously alleged that he and Farley were fired by the network; however, no definitive explanation has ever been given.
"It definitely hurts to leave. It's very scary," the then 31-year-old Farley says. "That's been home for five years, and it's [a] very hard decision to make, but I love it. Lorne (Michaels, SNL producer) is the head coach on this as he was for me for five years and hopefully we'll be still working together again in other arenas."
Farley went on to make guest appearances on SNL after his tenure on the sketch comedy ended, with his final appearance coming a few months before his passing.
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