Lorne Michaels delivered an emotional tribute to Chris Farley and Adam Sandler while accepting the Emmy Award “Saturday Night Live” won for Variety Sketch Series at the 71st Primetime Emmy Awards.
During his acceptance speech, the “Saturday Night Live” producer revealed the episode that they had submitted for consideration this year was the one featuring Adam Sandler’s return to the show after 24 years.
One of that episode’s most emotional moments included Sandler paying tribute to his late friend Chris Farley through a touching song on the acoustic guitar.
During his Emmy speech Michaels recounted what it was like behind-the-scenes during that moment of the show.
"It was a very, very chilling moment and very powerful." Lorne Michaels reveals that the episode of #SaturdayNightLive they submitted for best variety sketch series was the one with Adam Sandler's tribute to Chris Farley https://t.co/WmT1Fmyol4 #Emmys pic.twitter.com/SPFeygEkid
— Hollywood Reporter (@THR) September 23, 2019
“This means a lot,” Lorne Michaels said. “The show we submitted was the show Adam Sandler did. He came back to host 24 years after he left, and in middle of the show he did a tribute to Chris Farley, and the crew and the cast and everyone who was in that studio, most of whom worked here when Chris Farley and Adam Sandler were young men, it’s rare that you see a camera man tear up or the boom crew crying. It was a very chilling moment, and very powerful.”
SNL also won the Emmy for Outstanding Directing For A Variety Series, with director Don Roy King, who helmed the submitted Sandler episode, accepting. With the two wins, SNL‘s total over its long run climbed to 72.