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Season 23

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Well, I'm Steve. What can I get you?
Colin Quinn announcing Norm MacDonald was off Weekend Update, January 10, 1998

Season 23
Premier: September 27, 1997
Last episode: May 9, 1998
Episodes: 20
Weekend Update anchor(s): Norm MacDonald (eps. 1-9)
Colin Quinn (eps. 10-20)

Season 23 is notable for the Weekend Update controversy held in late-1997 and early-1998. Anchor Norm MacDonald was reassigned by NBC executive Don Ohlmeyer, for "not being funny." He was replaced by Colin Quinn starting on the January 10, 1998 show. Norm MacDonald would leave the cast midseason and Jim Breuer would not return for the following season. Also, former cast member Chris Farley, who hosted earlier this season during its Halloween episode died unexpectedly during the Christmas break hiatus.



  • Norm MacDonald: Last March 14
Preceded by:
Season 22
Season 23
(1997 - 1998)
Followed by:
Season 24

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