SNL's Lorne Michaels reveals who he regrets not casting

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SNL's Lorne Michaels reveals who he regrets not casting
The longtime producer of "Saturday Night Live" opens up in a new interview in honor of the show's 40th anniversary.
LOS ANGELES, CA - AUGUST 25: Lorne Michaels attends HBO's Official 2014 Emmy After Party at The Plaza at the Pacific Design Center on August 25, 2014 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Araya Diaz/Getty Images)

Michaels said he wasn't at Jim Carrey's audition, but a colleague said he wouldn't like him, so Carrey never got the gig.

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Michaels called Lisa Kudrow "brilliant," but said he already had strong women cast members.

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The 'SNL' creator also passed on 'The Office' star, Steve Carell.

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Michaels also never offered Stephen Colbert a spot in the cast.

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Jennifer Aniston turned down the opportunity to pursue her role as Rachel Green on 'Friends.'

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BEVERLY HILLS, CA - JANUARY 12: Tina Fey and Lorne Michaels attend the Universal, NBC, Focus Features, E! sponsored by Chrysler viewing and after party with Gold Meets Golden held at The Beverly Hilton Hotel on January 12, 2014 in Beverly Hills, California. (Photo by Jason Kempin/Getty Images for NBCUniversal)
"Saturday Night Live" players Eddie Murphy, left, and Joe Piscopo are seen in 1984. Behind them is former SNL star Dan Aykroyd. (AP Photo)
Robin Williams, center, takes time out from rehearsal at NBC's Saturday Night Live with cast members Eddie Murphy, left, and Joe Piscopo, Feb. 10, 1984. Williams will appear as guest host on the show. (AP Photo/Suzanne Vlamis)
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BEVERLY HILLS, CA - JANUARY 12: (L-R) Actor Tina Fey, producer Lorne Michaels, and actor Jimmy Fallon attend the Universal, NBC, Focus Features, E! sponsored by Chrysler viewing and after party with Gold Meets Golden held at The Beverly Hilton Hotel on January 12, 2014 in Beverly Hills, California. (Photo by Jason Kempin/Getty Images for NBCUniversal)
BEVERLY HILLS, CA - FEBRUARY 19: (L-R) Producer Lorne Michaels, actresses Amy Poehler, Kristen Wiig and Costume Designer Tom Broecker pose for a portrait during the 15th Annual Costume Designers Guild Awards with presenting sponsor Lacoste at The Beverly Hilton Hotel on February 19, 2013 in Beverly Hills, California. (Photo by Christopher Polk/Getty Images for CDG)
BEVERLY HILLS, CA - FEBRUARY 19: (L-R) Producer Lorne Michaels, actresses Anne Hathaway, Maya Rudolph, Amy Poehler and Kristen Wiig attend the 15th Annual Costume Designers Guild Awards with presenting sponsor Lacoste at The Beverly Hilton Hotel on February 19, 2013 in Beverly Hills, California. (Photo by Stefanie Keenan/Getty Images for CDG)
Lorne Michaels (C), Creative & Executive Producer of Saturday Night Live, holds The Directorate Award with actor Alec Baldwin (R) and presenter comedian Jimmy Fallon (L) at the at the 2010 International Emmy Awards November 22, 2010 in New York. AFP PHOTO/Stan Honda (Photo credit should read STAN HONDA/AFP/Getty Images)
LOS ANGELES, CA - SEPTEMBER 16: Tina Fey, Alec Baldwin and Lorne Michaels poses in the press room at the 59th Annual Primetime Emmy Awards at the Shrine Auditorium on September 16, 2007 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Steve Granitz/WireImage)
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Longtime producer of "Saturday Night Live," Lorne Michaels, is opening up about the people he regrets passing on casting -- and they're big names now.

Michaels passed on casting Steve Carell, Jim Carrey, Stephen Colbert and Lisa Kudrow, and he told The Hollywood Reporter that those are the names he kicks himself over now.

So, why did he say no? Michaels said he wasn't at Carrey's audition, but a colleague said he wouldn't like Carrey.

Also, because it's an ensemble, "SNL" is also about casting for what it needs. Michaels says Kudrow's audition was "brilliant," but he already had strong women in the cast at the time.

There are other infamous misses when it comes to "SNL" too -- Splitsider reports people like John Candy, John Goodman, Louis C.K. -- even another "Friends" alum, Jennifer Aniston -- were all either rejected by or said 'no' to the show.

Oprah asked Jennifer Aniston about the offer back in 2011: "Did Lorne Michaels offer that to you?"

"Yeah. I had this show 'Friends' coming up ... but they thought I was making a huge mistake," Aniston said about her decision.

No hard feelings, though -- many went on to host the show.

You can get more of Michaels' insights on "SNL" in The Hollywood Reporter.

The show's 40th anniversary special airs Feb. 15. Tons of famous faces will be there -- including Fey, Eddie Murphy and more.



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