'SNL' Tidbits for January 1, 2000

By Sean Bradley

Leno Jabs Not Allowed?

Colin Quinn was ordered to ax a joke he was going to make on a recent "Weekend Update" segment, a source has told the "New York Daily News." The butt of the joke: fellow NBC personality Jay Leno.

The joke is said to have sprung from a recent lawsuit by a "Tonight Show" audience member who claims his eye was damaged by a T-shirt shot from an air gun during one of the pre-show warmups in 1998. The joke? "It was the first thing on 'The Tonight Show' in seven years that you couldn't see coming from a mile away."

An "SNL" rep tells the "Daily News" that during the month of December, "there was nothing that was cut that was Leno-related."

Breuer's Enemies Made 'SNL' Hard

"The world of TV is very frustrating today," former "SNL" cast member Jim Breuer told the "Bergen Record" last month. "Everything is perfectly sanitized. It's not a great environment for me. It was frustrating enough when I was on 'SNL.' I knew it wasn't going to be easy when I got there. ['SNL' producer] Lorne [Michaels] came up to me and said, 'A lot of people here on the staff are not your fans, but some people here are your fans.'"

According to Breuer, two of the non-fans were part of the 'SNL' writing team. "That made it really difficult," he said. "They were a pair of knuckleheads who would cut me out of skits. They were on this awful power trip, but that's over."

Murphy Still Mad at Spade

"SNL" alumni David Spade and Eddie Murphy still haven't made up.

Spade notoriously upset Murphy by making fun of him in his "Hollywood Minute" shtick on "SNL" several years back. And despite the efforts of another "SNL" alum, mutual friend Chris Rock, to get them to make peace, Spade says the hostilities continue.

"Eddie Murphy was the only one who actually called and got mad," Spade tells "Maxim" magazine. "Let's just say he doesn't think that I'm funny. I don't really care about him anymore, and that's that. We won't be teaming up for the three-legged sack race at the 'Battle of the Network Stars.'"

Spade Nominated for Award

David Spade is up for a Golden Globe award, it was announced last month, for his work on the NBC sitcom "Just Shoot Me."

Nominated in the category "Best Supporting Actor in a TV Series, Mini-Series, or Made-for-TV-Movie," Spade's competition is Peter Fonda ("Passion of Ayn Rand"), Sean P. Hayes ("Will & Grace"), Chris Noth ("Sex and the City"), and Peter O'Toole ("Joan of Arc").

The Golden Globe Awards will be presented January 23. Last year, Spade's performance on "Shoot Me" earned him nominations for a Golden Globe Award, American Comedy Award, and Emmy Award, but he took home none of the above.

Murphy a 4-Time Dad

Eddie Murphy's wife, Nicole, gave birth on Christmas Eve to a girl, Zola Ivy Murphy, at a Los Angeles hospital, the "Associated Press" reports.

"We are ecstatic and very happy about the fourth addition to our family," publicist Paul Bloch quoted Murphy as saying. The 7-pound, 13-ounce newborn and her mother were doing fine, Bloch said. The couple's other children are Bria, 10, Myles, 7, and Shayne, 5.

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