Bill Murray was not a fan of the Saturday Night Live cast when returned as a guest host in the 1990s. And that’s putting it gently, according to fellow former cast member Rob Schneider.
“He wasn’t very nice to us,” Schneider said of Murray on The Jim Norton & Sam Roberts Show podcast. “He hated us on Saturday Night Live when he hosted. Absolutely hated us. I mean, seething.”
Most of Murray’s venom was reserved for Adam Sandler and the late Chris Farley, it seemed.
“He hated Chris Farley with a passion,” Schneider said. “Like he was just seething looking at him.”
That may have been the result of Farley reminding everyone of John Belushi, another comedian and ex-SNL cast member who died of a drug overdose. Murray and Belushi were close.
As an interesting aside, both Farley and Belushi were 33-years old when they died.
“Bill Murray Hated All of Us”
“I don’t know exactly, but I want to believe that it’s because Chris thought it was cool to be Belushi, who [was] his friend who he saw die, that he thought it was cool to be that out of control,” Schneider said. “That’s my interpretation, but I don’t really know. I don’t believe it. I only believe it 50 percent.”
As for Murray’s hatred of the then-SNL cast, Schneider sort of wears it as a badge of honor.
“The least of the hate was to me,” Schneider said. “I took great pleasure in that he hated me less, because he’s my hero.”
But when it came to everyone else, Schneider said Murray’s evil eye said it all.
“It was just naked rage,” Schneider said.
Murray, 72, was a full-time SNL cast member from 1977-80. He returned as a guest host five times from 1981-88. Schneider, 58, was a member alongside Sandler and Farley from 1990-94.