David Koechner graced the "Saturday Night Live" stage for the first time in 1995, only to find himself booted off the show just a year later. Koechner looked back on his stint on the show during a HuffPost Live conversation about his new horror film "Krampus" and said he was surprised to find out he wasn't coming back the following year.
After Koechner and a new crop of cast members -- including Darrell Hammond, Molly Shannon, Chris Kattan and more -- joined "SNL" that year, the show's ratings "went down a little bit," Koechner explained. Thus, NBC executives were looking to make a change.
"Lorne [Michaels] wanted to keep me, but west coast NBC wanted to make changes and I was it. I'd had a very successful year. I'd had like four or five re-occurring characters [and] I did presidential impressions," he told host Josh Zepps. "So I was shocked, as everyone else was, that I was the one let go. But six months later I met my wife, so not bad."
Watch the full HuffPost Live conversation with David Koechner here.
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