Chevy Chase wants all the smoke.
Chevy Chase was recently the focus of a profile from the Washington Post, where he talked about his struggles to find acting work, his thoughts on Saturday Night Live and Donald Glover.
In regard to Glover, Chase addressed The New Yorker profile on the Atlanta superstar, where Community creator Dan Harmon said Chase tried to “disrupt” Glover’s scenes by cracking racial jokes, even once telling the “This Is America” artist “People think you’re funnier because you’re black.”
Glover told The New Yorker that he felt Chase was “fighting time … a true artist has to be okay with his reign being over. I can’t help him if he’s thrashing in the water. But I know there’s a human in there somewhere.”
Speaking to the Post, Chase recounted how he felt upon learning about that comment, as well as an exchange he had with Glover at the SNL season 43 finale.
The night the story went up, Chase texted, “There goes my career.”
He doesn’t deny delivering the line — “I could have said it” — but he denies the interpretation. It was a joke. Chase had been a fan of Glover’s since they filmed the pilot in 2009. How could anybody think he was racist?
By the time SNL co-creator Lorne Michaels texted Chase an invitation (“you’re still a legend here”) to the season finale in May, the New Yorker thing seemed to have blown over. Then, he ran into Glover, who was doing a cameo in the finale.
“I never saw a guy turn white so fast,” Chevy says.
Maybe Chase is referring to Teddy Perkins, a person people believed to be a fictional alter ego of Glover’s, but may actually be a real person? Anyways, check out the profile here to read more about Chase.