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- Adam Sandler kicked off his first appearance on “Saturday Night Live” 24 years after he left the show by joking about his unceremonious exit between seasons in 1995.
- Sandler was joined by Chris Rock to lament their firing the same year, and Pete Davidson, who he reminded is still a cast member but “it’s coming soon.”
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Adam Sandler took the “Saturday Night Live” stage 24 years after he left the show as a cast member, to revive some of his goofiest characters and joke about his departure from the show.
Sandler, who started at the show when he was 23 and left six years later in 1995, kicked off his monologue with talking about his long-awaited return to the show that marked the beginning of his massive career and put him on a cast with other star comedians including David Spade, Rob Schneider, and Norm Macdonald.
Though it was an incredible experience with legendary coworkers, Sandler said that his leaving was simple: “I was fired.”
“Between seasons I heard a nasty rumor that I was getting the sack,” Sandler sung. “I tried to call Lorne Michaels, but he never called me back.”
After a slight jab at NBC by joking the company was sick of his musical sketches and “hate the Jews,” Chris Rock joined Sandler to lament over his firing the same year, after which he appeared on “In Living Color,” which was canceled soon after.
Current cast member Pete Davidson, also came out to sing about being fired from the show, but Sandler reminded him he hadn’t.
“I wasn’t?” Davidson asked. “How is that even possible?”
Sandler replied: “I don’t know, but be patient because it’s coming soon.”
Sandler took center stage for much of the episode, including commercials for a tour company, erectile dysfunction medication, and a heavy metal music video.
Reprising one of his most popular characters, Sandler appeared in part of the “Weekend Update” segment as Opera Man to catch himself up on the news he’s missed since he was last around, 24 years ago.
Opera Man didn’t hold back in commenting on Charlize Theron’s new movie, the 2020 Election, and groping allegations against former Vice President Joe Biden.
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