Why Johnny Knoxville Turned Down Saturday Night Live

“I bet on myself and I bet on my friends.”

You know Johnny Knoxville from the iconic Jackass franchise, including the latest film Jackass Forever (which, by the way, is very good).


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But you might not have known that, while filming the pilot of the original Jackass TV show, Knoxville also was offered a chance to be a cast member on Saturday Night Live.


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During a recent appearance on The Drew Barrymore Show, Knoxville revealed why he ultimately turned down the SNL gig to continue on with Jackass.

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“I was really honored that Lorne Michaels offered me five minutes on the show each week to do what I do, videos and what not,” he explained. “And I had to choose because, one thing, I was going on to an established show where I would have little control.”


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“At the end of the day it’s like, ‘Am I going to go into a situation where I have no control or am I going to bet on myself and bet on my friends, and go that direction?’”


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“Ultimately, I bet on myself and I bet on my friends, which could’ve been a disaster. But luckily it worked out. And, some would argue it was still a disaster.”


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Watch the interview here.

Source: BuzzFeed – Celebrity

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