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Bill Murray on Gilda Radner: from Live from New York: an Uncensored History of Saturday Night Live

Bill Murray on Gilda Radner

“Gilda got married and went away. None of us saw her anymore. There was one good thing: Laraine had a party one night, a great party at her house. And I ended up being the disk jockey. She just had forty-fives, and not that many, so you really had to work the music end of it. There was a collection of like the funniest people in the world at this party. Somehow Sam Kinison sticks in my brain. The whole Monty Python group was there, most of us from the show, a lot of other funny people, and Gilda. Gilda showed up and she’d already had cancer and gone into remission and then had it again, I guess. Anyway she was slim. We hadn’t seen her in a long time. And she started doing, “I’ve got to go,” and she was just going to leave, and I was like, “Going to leave?” It felt like she was going to really leave forever.

So we started carrying her around, in a way that we could only do with her. We carried her up and down the stairs, around the house, repeatedly, for a long time, until I was exhausted. Then Danny did it for a while. Then I did it again. We just kept carrying her; we did it in teams. We kept carrying her around, but like upside down, every which way—over your shoulder and under your arm, carrying her like luggage. And that went on for more than an hour—maybe an hour and a half—just carrying her around and saying, “She’s leaving! This could be it! Now come on, this could be the last time we see her. Gilda’s leaving, and remember that she was very sick—hello?”

We worked all aspects of it, but it started with just, “She’s leaving, I don’t know if you’ve said good-bye to her.” And we said good-bye to the same people ten, twenty times, you know.

And because these people were really funny, every person we’d drag her up to would just do like five minutes on her, with Gilda upside down in this sort of tortured position, which she absolutely loved. She was laughing so hard we could have lost her right then and there.

It was just one of the best parties I’ve ever been to in my life. I’ll always remember it. It was the last time I saw her.”

– from Live from New York: an Uncensored History of Saturday Night Live “Live From New York” by Tom Shales and James Andrew Miller

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Jay Leno leaving ‘Tonight Show,’ Jimmy Fallon will take the helm

by Karen A. Brown

I adore Jimmy Fallon. His adorableness, his creativity, his awareness, his willingness to step outside the stratosphere, his musical and comedic gifts… all Fallon genius. Not always does a major network get it right, this time NBC has a perfect fit! Here’s how exciting this is for television, the ‘Tonight Show’ will return to New York City in 2014 and Lorne Michaels will be executive producer, says NBC.

Lorne Michaels and Jimmy Fallon go way back. Have a look at Fallon’s brilliance right out of the gate in his “Original Saturday Night Live Audition”.

Here’s a quick teaser clip prior to the announcement:

WATCH: Jimmy Fallon & Jay Leno Address “Tonight Show” Rumors with Duet

Jimmy and Jay sing their version of the classic duet “Tonight” from the Broadway musical “West Side Story.”

Kevin Winter/Getty Images
Kevin Winter/Getty Images

Jay Leno (left) and Jimmy Fallon at the Golden Globe Awards in January. Next year, Fallon will be taking Leno’s place on The Tonight Show, NBC says. (Below) Screenshot of Jay Leno at NBC Studios as Jimmy and Jay finish their version of the classic duet “Tonight” from the Broadway musical “West Side Story.” We wish them both the best!

Jay Leno

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