Adam Sandler Does Not Think Lorne Michaels Is Ready to Retire from “Saturday Night Live”

The sketch show creator previously shared plans to find a worthy successor after 'SNL''s 50th anniversary in February 2025

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Adam Sandler, Lorne Michaels

Adam Sandler doesn’t see Saturday Night Live creator and executive producer Lorne Michaels stepping down from the show any time soon.

In an interview with Entertainment Tonight at the premiere of his new Netflix film Spaceman on Monday, the former SNL castmember, 57, said he doesn’t think Michaels, 79, is parting ways with the long-running NBC sketch comedy series.

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"I don't see that happening," Sandler said. "I don't, maybe somebody said he might, but I talked to Lorne, I don't think he's saying enough. He's rocking. He loves it."

In January, the outlet caught up with the Canadian-American television writer and film producer at the Emmy Awards and asked about the future of the show.

It could easily be Tina Fey,” Michaels told ET when questioned about who he could potentially see as his successor, naming the former SNL cast member who went on to write Mean Girls and create the sitcom 30 Rock.

Michaels added that there are “a lot of people” who are currently working on the series who could be good candidates as well.

Frazer Harrison/Getty Images Lorne Michaels
Frazer Harrison/Getty Images Lorne Michaels

However, SNL’s creator said he doesn’t intend to leave the role before the show has its 50th anniversary in February 2025.

Related: 'SNL' Creator Lorne Michaels Reveals When He Plans to Retire from Show: 'It's Been My Life's Work'

“So I will definitely be there for that and definitely be there until that,” he confirmed. “And sometime before that we’ll figure out what we’re gonna do.”

Sandler believes Michaels still gets a euphoric feeling after putting together each episode.

Alan Singer/NBCU Photo Bank/NBCUniversal via Getty Adam Sandler on SNL
Alan Singer/NBCU Photo Bank/NBCUniversal via Getty Adam Sandler on SNL

"Yeah, he's doing great. He gets the high just like we always do, every week," Sandler told ET. "And he's in control."

The Big Daddy star made his mark on the show during his tenure from 1990 to 1995, when he was fired.

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During a December 2019 interview on The Howard Stern Show, Sandler, who had recently gone back to guest host the series, admitted to being “hurt” at the time.

“It wasn’t Lorne’s [Michaels] decision,” he said of the 1995 firing of himself and his late friend Chris Farley.

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Adam Sandler, Lorne Michaels

"The NBC head dude, I know he didn’t like our gang. Me and Farley,” Sandler said.

He admitted that he and the comedian, who died in 1997, “pretended we weren’t sad and pretended this was for the best.”

The 50 First Dates actor also said he no longer holds any grudges about the decision. “I realize what Saturday Night Live did for me," Sandler said.

After returning to host SNL in 2019, Sandler appeared on the series again in April 2020 for a skit with Pete Davidson where they performed “Stuck in the House.” The quarantine-themed song is about going stir-crazy amid social distancing due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

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