2003496497_1On Wednesday, Chevy Chase called Gerald Ford a “terrific guy” who inadvertently boosted his career. Originally hired as a writer on “Saturday Night Live,” Chase was put on the show in 1975 in part because of his pratfall-filled, fumbling imitation of the President.

Chase told Reuters that when he originated the skits, Ford “had never been elected period, so I never felt that he deserved to be there to begin with. That was just the way I felt then as a young man and as a writer and a liberal.”

“Later on we became friends and he was a very, very sweet man,” Chase said in a telephone interview from a Colorado ski resort. “He took my wife and I on a whole lovely trip through Grand Rapids to show us where he had been as a child and what not. We kept in touch and he was just a terrific guy.”