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Former cast member: Actress Helped Her Career On SNL With ‘Her Relationship With Lorne’

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Saturday Night Live producer Lorne Michaels was accused by a former employee of engaging in a relationship with actress Nora Dunn that led to the promotion of her status on the show.

Former cast member Jon Lovitz spoke about the “relationship” in the 2002 oral history book Live From New York: An Uncensored History of Saturday Night Live by James A. Miller and Tom Shales.

“I think Nora Dunn got a lot of her stuff on because of her relationship with Lorne. She would get everything on. I thought that was the reason, and a lot of other people thought that was the reason,” Lovitz said.

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“Then she would complain: ‘The show’s against women.’ She got all of her stuff on, almost all of it. She had her own writer hired for her, Christine Zander. And then she would say how tough it was for women and stuff. I just was like, what are you talking about?” Lovitz said.

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Cast member Nora Dunn made headlines for boycotting an episode of SNL in 1990 hosted by comedian Andrew Dice Clay, whom Dunn felt was misogynistic.

“I’ve never met Nora Dunn to this day. And obviously it didn’t work out for her the way she thought it would. And, you know what, that’s what she deserved,” Dice Clay said in Miller and Shales’ book. “I guess she thought she was going to become like a major star from that. That’s not how you become a major star. I thought it was a foolish move to start with.”

Actress Victoria Jackson remembers auditioning for Saturday Night Live after hearing that another female candidate did a “strip routine for her audition.” Jackson remembers the existence of female assistants for Michaels colloquially dubbed “Lornettes.”

“So then I did my little standup comedy act. I guess I had about ten minutes. I sang my songs and did my handstand poetry, and Lorne was watching with about three Lornettes. You know, they’re called the Lornettes, the girls who work for Lorne and make sure he has plenty of popcorn. The bravest cast members would eat some of Lorne’s popcorn but I was scared to. But one time I did and like one kernel fell on the floor and one of the Lornettes gave me a dirty look. They’re not supposed to let any of them fall on the floor, you see.”

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Biden Rebuffs Advisors’ Demands to Censor OANN, Newsmax, Fox News By Executive Order

Biden advisors have sought to ban conservative media from federal housing.

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According to a White House source, President Joe Biden has rebuffed suggestions that he sign an executive order that would ban certain conservative news networks from being broadcast to federal housing complexes.

The order would’ve named One America News Network, Newsmax, and Fox News by name. The former two networks are known for a broadly pro-Donald Trump editorial stance, with Fox split between establishment liberal and conservative content.

Authoritarian liberals advising President Biden are said to have suggested that Biden crack down on television and media networks which dissent from the administration’s policy views, citing the raucous US Capitol protest earlier this month as an imperative to clamp down on the opposition.

The executive order in question would most prominently affect military housing, where the cable channels in question are accessible through cable services contracted through the military services. The order, which never progressed beyond suggestions to President Biden, may even have gone so far as to restrict the television channels from private housing organizations contracted to provide lodging to military service members and their families.

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Biden even went so far as to dismiss the censorship attempt as “nonsense,” according to a White House source familiar with the exchange. It’s likely that attempts to sign and enforce it would’ve been shut down by the judiciary, representing a clear attempt to discriminate against the very viewing of political expression within federal buildings.

As an authoritarian streak grows more prominent in the intolerant attitudes of American liberals, it appears President Biden himself is at least skeptical to the slightest degree of governmental censorship attempts, although Biden has never so much as even made reference to the censorship practices utilized by Big Tech companies against tens of millions of Americans.


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