LOS ANGELES - APRIL 19:  Actor Chris Farley attends 10th Annual Nickelodeon Kid's Choice Awards on April 19, 1997 at the Olympic Auditorium in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Ron Galella, Ltd./Ron Galella Collection via Getty Images)
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Why Chris Farley Was Needlessly Worried David Letterman Would Get Him Fired From SNL
Besides his star power on "SNL" and new comedy classics like "Tommy Boy" and "Black Sheep," Chris Farley's appearances on "Late Show with David Letterman" were legendary in the mid-'90s. However, when he appeared on Letterman’s show while he was still on NBC in March 1995, Farley admitted he thought he was going to get fired by Letterman.
He told Letterman, "I used to always go down there and watch from [studio] eight, and then your studio at six, but the first time I got hired at 'Saturday Night Live' I was kind of paranoid and scared, I had that ID card, you know?" Farley thought his career was over before it had even begun, because of his paranoia that losing such an irreplaceable ID would get him fired by the king of late night.
Farley said, "I thought, 'Oh my God. Security's been breached, they're gonna have to re-do everyone's security code,' I thought it was a huge deal." Farley obviously didn't understand how the hierarchy worked at NBC, a fact that Letterman poked fun at, joking "I pretty much called the shots over there, yeah that's how that works. And that's why I had to leave."