Don’t expect to see Adam Sandler return to helm Saturday Night Live anytime soon. The Blended actor recently took time off, apparently from a pick-up basketball game, to visit Norm Macdonald on his video podcast. There, the two SNL alums briefly discussed their years on the NBC late-night show. “Why won’t you host the show?” asked Macdonald, who was famously fired by NBC exec Don Ohlmeyer in 1998 – reportedly in part because of his Weekend Update jokes about O.J. Simpson.
“Why should I?” responded Sandler, who himself was forced off the show in 1995. (Don’t cry for him; Billy Madison came out that same year.) ”I don’t know how good it would be. I’m slow now.”
Sandler has never hosted Saturday Night Live since his exit, though he’s popped up from time to time for brief cameos; his most recent appearance came in 2002, when Sandler stopped by to sing an updated “Hanukkah Song.” “There are guys who love doing it, who are great at doing it,” he told Macdonald. “I just don’t know how good I’d be doing it. I did what I could do on that show.”
NBC did not immediately respond to a request for comment.
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