Maron has made repeated references to his failed audition for SNL in 1995, insisting that Michaels hated him and speculating that he was only brought in to act as a pawn in Norm Macdonald's ongoing contract negotiations. The interview started off on the right foot, because Michaels actually remembered Maron's audition, and it got only slightly awkward when Maron repeatedly pressed Michaels to tell him why he wasn't cast on the show.
"In retrospect, I don't know if I was necessarily ready for the show," Maron said.
Michaels dismissed Maron's concerns, saying he was looking to take SNL in a new direction because it was being eviscerated in the media at the time. "You were fine," Michaels told Marson. "You had a strong point of view and you were clear. You were just part of a mix."
Though he had said in recent weeks that he was apprehensive about the interview because he knew he wouldn't have "the right attitude" going into it, and knew he needed to work out "some daddy s---" with Michaels, Maron's takeaway from the interview seems to be a positive one.
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