Jane Curtin: Belushi Was Totally Sexist

'SNL' was a 'misogynistic environment,' she tells Oprah
By Evann Gastaldo,  Newser Staff
Posted Apr 13, 2011 9:59 AM CDT
Jane Curtin to Oprah Winfrey: John Belushi Was Sexist, and 'Saturday Night Live' Was a Misogynistic Environment
This undated photo originally released by Universal Studios Home Entertainment, shows actor John Belushi in a scene from the 1978 film "Animal House."   (AP Photo/Universal Studios Home Entertainment)

(Newser) – You hear a lot of nostalgic reminiscing about John Belushi and how funny he was, but not from Jane Curtin. Yesterday on Oprah she recalled the "misogynistic environment" of Saturday Night Live in the 1970s, noting that Belushi was particularly to blame. "[John] said, 'Women are just fundamentally not funny,'" she recalled. "You'd go to a table read, and if a woman writer had written a piece for John, he would not read it in his full voice. He would whisper it. He felt as though it was his duty to sabotage pieces that were written by women." New York magazine has video. (Read more Saturday Night Live stories.)

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