Chevy Chase Recalls His Own Late Night Disaster

If there’s anyone who knows a thing or two about late night debacles, it’s Chevy Chase.

Chase happened to be a guest on Jimmy Kimmel’s Tuesday night show — yes, the infamous episode in which Kimmel hosted the entire hour in character as Jay Leno — and recounted that disaster.

Chase, who was yanked after just a month on Fox in 1993, told Kimmel that he was paid $13 million for that high-profile gig. But, he added, he gave back a chunk of that money to the network on the advice of his then-agent, Mike Ovitz.

In case you forgot just how bad “The Chevy Chase Show” was, check out this YouTube clip from Chase’s very first show.

Chase was terrible — even in the presence of good friend Goldie Hawn, who tried to soothe the nervous-as-hell host. Check out this painful — and I mean painful — moment when Chase brings out a cake for Hawn’s son, Oliver Hudson. And then… watch Chase attempt to force everyone to dance.

The show was such a bomb that it scared Fox out of the late-night race. Now, 17 years later, the net is once again considering getting into the daypart, should Conan O’Brien come available. But as I wrote here, that’s not a slam dunk — and Fox faces tons of challenges in attempting to clear a talker hosted by O’Brien. 

Yikes. I sometimes watch this clip just for the sheer horror of it all. Enjoy.

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