Lorne Michaels Awarded Presidential Medal of Freedom By Barack Obama

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Lorne Michaels, The man who has produced “Saturday Night Live” for 37 of its 42 years on the air, was awarded the Presidential Medal of Freedom by the President of the United States on Tuesday. Not bad for a Canadian, eh.

Giving someone the Medal of Freedom is kind of like the American President’s way of granting knighthood.

Lorne Michaels was one of 21 recipients in President Barack Obama’s final time bestowing the honor. Other entertainers awarded the honor at the ceremony included Tom Hanks, Ellen DeGeneres, Robert Redford, Diana Ross, Robert De Niro and Bruce Springsteen.

The President said of Michaels, “On ‘Saturday Night Live, ’ he’s created a world where a band of no-names become comedy’s biggest stars; where our friends the Coneheads and cheerleaders and land sharks and basement deadbeats and motivational speakers and an unfrozen caveman lawyer show up.”

“After four decades, even in this fractured media culture that we’ve got, ‘SNL’ remains appointment-viewing.”

Lorne Michaels also currently produces both “The Tonight Show” and “Late Night” on NBC.

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