On September 18, 1976, during the Ford-Carter debate sketch Debate '76, Chase tumbled off his podium. Because it wasn't padded, he broke his groin. Dan Aykroyd, playing Jimmy Carter at the time, tried to help him but he, too, fell. The next two episodes, Chase appeared by phone, and by picture of him calling in at the hospital, with captions saying "VOICE OF CHEVY CHASE." He returned on October 16, 1976 via wheelchair, and John Belushi, who flipped Chase's wheelchair forward.
Chevy returned eight times over the years to host the show, but Chevy was notorious for his highly verbally abusive treatment of the cast and crew over the years [he once suggested a sketch, In 1985, where Terry Sweeney, (an openly gay cast member), had AIDS, and the sketch showed viewers how much weight he lost every week)]. This behavior had him the 12th person banned from hosting ever again in February 1997. He is also the first and only castmember banned so far.
It should be noted that while Chase was banned from hosting the show in 1997, he has appeared a few times since:
- on the 25th anniversary special in 1999
- he was interviewed for the 2005 special Live From New York: The First Five Years of Saturday Night Live
- he cameoed in four episodes (one hosted by Bill Murray in 1999, one hosted by Seann William Scott in 2001, he did a segment of Weekend Update in 2007, hosted by Seth Rogen, and appeared twice on March 9, 2013: once in the introduction, alongside Steve Martin and Martin Short, and again towards the end of the episode, during the reunion of the Three Amigos; the show's host was Justin Timberlake).
He was also interviewed on the 101 most Infamous SNL moments on E!.
SNL Career Edit
- October 11, 1975-November 27, 1976: Writer
- October 11, 1975-November 27, 1976: Not Ready For Primetime Player
- February 18, 1978: Host
- February 9 1980: Host
- April 11, 1981: Host/Weekend Update Anchor
- September 25, 1982: Host
- November 16, 1985: Host
- December 6,1986: Host
- January 18, 1992: Host
- October 7, 1995: Host
- February 15, 1997: Host (BANNED)
|Weekend Update Anchor|
(October 11, 1975 - October 30, 1976)
Mark King, Bill Murray, Charles Rocket as Saturday Night NewsLine anchors
|Weekend Update Anchor (one episode)|
(April 11, 1981 - April 11, 1981)
'Brian Doyle-Murray and Mary Gross as SNL Newsbreak anchors