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Chevy Chase's Lonely Friars Club Roast

10/01/2002 AT 01:35 PM EDT

During his stint on "Saturday Night Live" 27 years ago, and during his subsequent visits back, it was no secret that fellow cast members had little love for the ego-heavy Chevy Chase, now 58.

Those stories surface once again -- and often -- in the new book, "Live from New York: An Oral History of 'Saturday Night Live,'" by Washington Post TV critic Tom Shales and James Andrew Miller.

And it seems that Chevy's reputation rolls on. Tuesday's New York Times reports that at last weekend's Friars Club roast of Chase, his "SNL" costars were few and far between.

Producer Lorne Michaels, the show's executive producer, was at a "family engagement," an NBC spokesman told the paper. Chase costar Dan Aykroyd was at an out-of-town event for which he was being paid, said that comedian's spokesman.

Jane Curtin had declined appearing at the roast, says The Times, because she was expecting to be onstage in the Broadway farce "Noises Off," but then the show closed and she forgot to inquire about the event. "It wasn't a slight," her spokesman insisted to the paper. "The night just slipped through the cracks."

Presenters at the event also wondered aloud why such Chase "pals" as Steve Martin, Martin Short and Rodney Dangerfield were not on hand for the roast.

But Laraine Newman from the original "SNL" cast was there, as were such newcomers as Stephen Colbert, Todd Barry and Andy Kindler.

"I've never heard of half these people," Chase later told The Times. "I've seen bigger names on Mexican television."

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