Former “SNL” star Chris Kattan suffered a neck injury that almost paralyzed him on the set of the show, then became addicted to prescription pills to deal with the crippling pain, according to the comedian’s upcoming memoir.
Kattan, 48, who was featured on the NBC hit from 1996 to 2003, hurt his neck in 2001 when he fell back in a chair that he had previously told the show wasn’t safe, says Variety.
The revelation is found in his forthcoming book, “Baby Don’t Hurt Me: Stories and Scars from ‘Saturday Night Live,’” which is due out May 7. Variety obtained a copy.
Kattan also told the mag that he spoke to “SNL” executive producer Lorne Michaels about his injury, and that Michaels encouraged him to seek medical attention.
Kattan said the show paid for two of his five surgeries.
But the actor said he regrets not pushing “SNL” to provide additional care for him — given how much the injury impacted the next 18 years of his life.
“Had I known how everything would end up I would have been better off saying something about it, as opposed to being quiet because I thought it would get in the way of work,” he told Variety.
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