Jane Curtin opened up about the sexism she experienced on NBC’s Saturday Night Live while visiting Bravo’s Watch What Happens Live With Andy Cohen on Tuesday night.
“There were a few people that just out-and-out believe that women should not have been there and they believe that women were not innately funny,” said the first female anchor of SNL‘s “Weekend Update” segment. “So those were the experiences that I had that were sexist.”
She added, “The rest of the group was fabulous.”
Cohen asked if John Belushi was one of her sexist co-workers, and Curtin said he was one of those who thought, “Women should not be there.”
The host followed up by asking if Belushi thought Gilda Radner was funny. “He thought Gilda was funny, but she really — he didn’t classify her as a woman. She was Gilda,” she answered.
Curtin also responded to Chevy Chase’s recent claims that SNL hasn’t been funny since he left the show. He said in an interview with The Washington Post that it has the “worst fucking humor in the world.”
“I’m amazed that Lorne has gone so low. I had to watch a little of it, and I just couldn’t fucking believe it,” said Chase. “That means a whole generation of shitheads laughs at the worst fucking humor in the world. You know what I mean?”
“I only worked with Chevy for eight months, so I don’t know Chevy,” said Curtin. “I know that he behaves badly and I don’t know what’s behind it. I don’t think it’s healthy, and I don’t think it’s true.”
Later in the interview, Curtin was asked who was the worst SNL guest she ever had to work with.
“There were so many,” she said. “I had a hard time with Walter Matthau.”
“He came in thinking that it was, ‘Hey, come on now. Let’s play,'” she recalled. “Not knowing that this show was — down to the minute, down to the second — everything had to be precise and he was going, ‘Come on. Let’s play.'”
Curtin concluded, “It was disrespecting our space, and it really pissed me off.”