‘SNL’ Creator Lorne Michaels Hired ‘Several Blond Female Assistants’ — Known to Cast Members as the ‘Lornettes’

According to several former members, creator of the NBC sketch show Saturday Night Live, executive producer Lorne Michaels had a series of young, blond women as supporters. They were known as the “Lornettes”.

The environment created by ‘SNL’ creator Lorne Michaels

SNL creator Lorne Micahels and his wife Alice Barry in 1995
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In 1995, Iris New York he went deep within the world of Saturday Night Live. From the writers’ room to the office of creator Lorne Michaels, no stone was left unturned. Michaels seems to have created a workplace environment that is well-designed according to his needs and wants. As stated in the publication:

New popcorn features Michaels all the way in. Whether he’s about to arrive at his seventeen-story office at NBC, with his stunning view of the Empire State Building; the eighth floor Saturday night studio; this ninth floor office overlooking the studio; or its elegant Broadway Video offices a block or two west in the Brill Building, preceded by a warm basket of warm kernels, usually delivered by one of several female assistants in their early twenties.

Those helpers – who would have catered to Michaels’ seemingly insatiable popcorn situation – were so ubiquitous around the SNL offices that had their own nickname.

Among the ‘SNL’ team, Michaels’ aides were known as the ‘Lornettes’

“Cast members of the Lornettes call these high-legged women,” New York Magazine confirmed. He was a member of Saturday Night Live she told the magazine at the time about her experience with Michaels and the renowned team of assistants.

“Ahhh! Just thinking [the Lornettes] making me so happy to stop, ”said Sweeney. The SNL alum explained why she doesn’t miss them:

Since I couldn’t get into one more f * cking on Friday night, trying to get in to look at Lorne, outside Lorne’s ninth floor office, with this bevy of girls , and their latest clothing and magazines and fingernail polish, on the phone, make sure Steve Martin got the flowers on his birthday, even though he’s broken up with Victoria Tennant , and the humorous note that Lorne wrote to Steve Martin that must go with the flowers, which must be birds-of-paradise!

A gaggle of young women held a tight end around the SNL the creator’s office.

“They would go in and out of the Lorne office going, ‘Shush! Lorne is in a bad mood today, ‘”Sweeney recalled.

One of the Lornettes worked its way into Michaels ’romantic life, too. In 1991, “50-year-old Michaels married one of these helpers, his third wife, an eighteen-year-old woman.” That helper, Alice Barry, and Michaels are still married.

The executive producer ‘Saturday Night Live’ first looked at his image – even if it meant the events suffered

“One of Michaels’ greatest talents is creating an aura of glamor about himself and SNL, ”The New York Journal confirmed in a 1995 article. He may have hired his Lornettes as part of maintaining that image.

But the elegant Michaels were cultivating, as were some SNL staff pointed out, they hurt their own show.

SNL creator Lorne Michaels at the Emmys
Lorne Michaels reaches 70th Emmy Awards in 2018 | Matt Winkelmeyer / Getty Images

“… As the show sank last year, NBC began to question whether Michaels was spending too much time cultivating his urban identity,” the publication said.

“You could always tell when the Knicks or the opera were in town,” said a former Saturday Night Live said castmate to New York Magazine. “That’s the only time Lorne made sure the script reading on Wednesday night started on schedule.”

In Michaels’ own interview with the magazine, the broad point was largely confirmed. The Saturday Night Live the creator was in the middle of a conversation with the writer of the magazine when he was knocked on the door of his office; this is one of the Lornettes. “The important issue at hand? A celebrity that weekend, Jeff Daniels, was equipping him with prosthetics for a sketch, which started burning on his skin.

“The doctor has returned with more anesthetic for Jeff Daniels’ fertile face,” the New York Journal wrote. “Michaels politely apologizes and walks away to the comfort of tomorrow night’s hospitality.”

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