Original ‘SNL’ Creator Honors Norm Macdonald At The 2021 Emmys

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On Sunday, September 19, the Microsoft Theater in Downtown Los Angeles played host to the 73rd Primetime Emmy Awards. Due to the pandemic, it featured a limited number of guests, nominees, and attendees that included Lorne Michaels, the original creator and producer behind SNL.

Remaining active in the show’s course on and off throughout the years, Michael took time in his victory speech to honor Norm Macdonald, a famous presence on the comedy show, famous for anchoring the Weekend Update segment in the ’90s.

Lorne Michaels Honors the late Norm Macdonald at the 2021 Emmys

Lorne Michaels, original producer behind SNL, paid tribute to former cast member Norm Macdonald
Lorne Michaels, original producer behind SNL, paid tribute to former cast member Norm Macdonald / YouTube screenshot

Saturday Night Live netted an award in the category of Outstanding Variety Sketch Series this year, beating the other nominee A Black Lady Sketch Show. At the end of the acceptance speech, show creator Lorne Michaels took time to remember SNL veteran Macdonald, who was on the show for five years total, three of which were spent as host of Weekend Update.

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“Lastly, Weekend Update has been part of SNL for 46 season,” Michaels transitioned. In this moment, AV Club notes, Michaels put away his speech notes. “And here, I’d like to pay tribute to one of the best we’ve ever had: Norm Macdonald.” Michaels described Macdonald as someone who “meant the world to people there” at SNL.

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Years after Chase, Macdonald became an anchor of Weekend Updates. Pictured: Norm MacDonald, George Clooney
Years after Chase, Macdonald became an anchor of Weekend Update. Pictured: Norm MacDonald, George Clooney / photo: Alan Singer / ©NBC/courtesy Everett Collection

Of Macdonald’s status as someone who meant much to many, Michaels further emphasized, “I can tell you from just the number of people I’ve heard from, the number of people [I’ve talked to]. … When you work with somebody for that many years and they make you laugh and you’re aware of who they are as a person and as a friend.”

Michaels then added, “I think Norm was one of the funniest people I’ve ever known and, because he’s Canadian, I’d put him right up there in the top five.” Macdonald first joined SNL as a writer and cast member back in 1993, staying with the show until 1998. The creator and original host of Weekend Update was Chevy Chase in 1975. Macdonald passed away suddenly this month after privately battling cancer for almost a decade, telling neither family nor fans, so they would focus on his comedy.

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