By far the most bitingly sarcastic "Weekend Update" host ever, Norm is responsible for most of SNL's most controversial, non-Sinead moments. He incessantly ripped on O.J. Simpson, a friend of NBC exec Don Ohlmeyer, during the former NFL star's murder trial. After Simpson's acquittal, Macdonald opened “Weekend Update” with the line, "Well, it's official: murder is legal in the state of California." His other controversial jokes included calling Michael Jackson a homosexual pedophile and, in a quip that only made it to dress rehearsal, showing the infamous photo of a Vietnamese girl running from a napalm attack with the line, "Woody Allen is dating again." Still, Norm's aggressively irreverent attitude and random whimsy — in particular, the "note to self" pauses, and recurring pop-culture targeting (e.g. "Germans love David Hasselhoff," "You guessed it, Frank Stallone") — made him a hit, and this was on top of the killer Bob Dole, Larry King, and Burt Reynolds impressions he did in other sketches. Sadly, Norm was fired as anchor in the middle of the '97-98 season at the insistence of Ohlmeyer, who said he wasn't funny. Michaels, who opposed the demotion, later said that it was due to the fact that Macdonald wasn't always prepared or open to direction, and all three agreed that it didn't have anything to do with the O.J. jokes. Norm last appeared on “Update” on December 13, 1997, five days before the death of Chris Farley, and returned as a host in 1999, saying, "The bad news is: I'm still not funny. The good news is: The show blows!"