For over four decades, Saturday Night Live has dominated late-night TV with its hilarious skits and stunning guest stars. In addition to its unforgettable jokes, the show has also introduced pop culture enthusiasts to some of Hollywood’s biggest stars, including Kristen Wiig, Jason Sudeikis, Eddie Murphy and Amy Poehler. One of the various big names to emerge from the hit sketch show is actor Rob Schneider.
In an interview with GQ, Schneider revealed that Steve Martin inspired his comedic journey that eventually led him to SNL. “I remember looking and thinking, okay. Well, he’s a person. He’s in the same room with me, he found out, so maybe I can find out,” he recalled. From 1990 to 1994, the Grown Ups star was a regular cast member on the show, providing well-loved characters like Richard Laymer and the shopkeeper from Out of Africa. Since leaving the hit series, the ‘The Animal’ actor has made a name for himself with films like The Hot Chick, Deuce Bigalow: Male Gigolo, and the various Adam Sandler films in which he made cameos .
Though Schneider’s time on SNL is long over, the comedian has still shared his opinions on the long-running series and its sketches. Recently, the 50 First Dates star made some startling statements about the show and its former star, Kate McKinnon.
Rob Schneider claims Kate McKinnon’s 2016 sketch ended SNL
In a recent interview on Glenn Beck’s podcast, former Saturday Night Live star Rob Schneider spoke openly about the show and, let’s just say, he didn’t hold back. When asked about the show, The Hot Chick star claimed it ended after Kate McKinnon’s Hillary Clinton sketch in 2016. In the aforementioned scene, the “Ghostbusters” star sang the song “Hallelujah” as a former presidential candidate after losing the controversial 2016 election. “I hate shitting on my old show. I literally prayed, ‘Please make a joke at the end. Do not do that. Please don’t go down there,'” he said to Beck. “And at the end there was no joke, and I said, ‘It’s over. It’s over. It’s not coming back.’”
Schneider’s criticism of “SNL” didn’t stop there. After expressing discomfort with McKinnon’s sketch, he claimed the show “indoctrinated” fans. “You can take the comedic indoctrination process that goes on with each of the late-night hosts and you could swap them out,” he said. “That’s how you know it’s not interesting anymore.”
Fans on Twitter reacted quickly. “If Rob Schneider has to lose his career, I’m willing to sacrifice that,” said one Twitter user. “Someone should tell Rob Schneider that you actually have to give up a career for the offer to mean anything,” wrote another. On the other hand, former MMA star, actor and outspoken conservative Gina Carano stood alongside Schneider and tweeted, “I’m flying with you.”