Adam Sandler and Chris Farley were among the most popular performers on “Saturday Night Live” during their stint on the show, with both going on to big-screen success after they left.
So much time has passed, not everyone remembers that both Sandler and Farley (who died in 1997) didn’t quit — they were fired.
Sandler sat down for an extensive interview on Tuesday’s edition of “The Howard Stern Show”, and opened up about his feelings on being fired so early in his career.
“At the time, I was hurt because I didn’t know what else I was going to do,” Sandler told Stern, revealing that the sacking didn’t come from series creator Lorne Michaels.
“At the time, it wasn’t Lorne’s decision,” he explained. “The NBC head dude, I know he didn’t like our gang.”
Sandler described his state of mind at the time. “I was probably sad into covering the sadness up into being mad and saying, ‘Oh f**k you.’ But, I remember when I saw Farley, he said, ‘Me too. They don’t want me either.’ We were both like, ‘F**k this s**t.’ We both got mad together and pretended we weren’t sad and pretended this was for the best.”
During the discussion, Sandler also went into detail about how he learned he was being let go. “This is how I got fired,” he explained. “My manager Sandy, he was talking to me, and I was like, ‘Next year on the show blah blah blah,’ and he was like, ‘Maybe you don’t go back next year.’ I was like, ‘I don’t know man, I still got a few more things. He was like, ‘Yeah but you did it already.’ I was like, ‘I did but…'”
Added Sandler: “I was like, ‘Yeah I’ll think about it,’ and he was like, ‘I think you thought about it.'”