Morris says that that kind of political incorrectness is what made the early years of SNL so great. Now, imagine bits like his and Murphy’s famous “Kill My Landlord,” being paraded over social media where someone is bound to be offended. Morris says that right-wing conservatism has permeated networks to the point where everyone is too afraid of the backlash to be genuinely funny.

“That whole way of thinking in my opinion has affected what goes on on TV, what goes on in the movies,” says Morris. “You can’t make a joke about anybody.”

Morris says that because of that, he had to be convinced to do the SNL celebration.

“It’s not really that I don’t view it as something important in my life, because it is,” says Garrett. “It just that it’s not really doing what I think it should be doing. It ought to be challenging a lot of stuff. It ought to have the energy that came out of Mad TV. It ought to be like that and it’s not and nobody wants to seem to make it like that.”

SNL 40 airs on NBC on Sunday, February 15 at 8 p.m.

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