Jon Lovitz Remembers 'SNL' Co-Star Jan Hooks

by Zach Seemayer 10:16 PM PDT, October 12, 2014
Playing Jon Lovitz Remembers 'SNL' Co-Star Jan Hooks

The world of comedy and entertainment is still coping with the loss of celebrated comedian and former Saturday Night Live cast-member Jan Hooks, who passed away on Thursday from an undisclosed illness.

Comic and fellow SNL alum Jon Lovitz, who was on hand at the Carousel Of Hope charity gala on Saturday, stopped to talk to ET, and to share his memories of his friend and former co-star.

"I was on the show with her for four years… and she was a talent," a stoic Lovitz told ET. "We always thought of her as like the female Phil Hartman. She could play anything and do anything, and she was a great actress. A great comedic actress."

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On Saturday's episode of SNL, the show played a tribute to Hooks in the form of a short, beautiful segment that Hooks and Hartman shot during their time as cast members, called "Love Is But a Dream". It was the same touching short SNL film the show played during the tribute to Phil Hartman after his tragic murder in 1998.

Lovitz went on to talk about seeing Hooks at the 25th anniversary of SNL, only a few years after Hartman's death, when the two helped and supported each other for their memorial to Hartman during the special.

"I miss her, and I'm still kind of in shock that it happened," Lovitz said. "It's very sad."

On Thursday, after news broke of Hook's passing, her former SNL co-star and former boyfriend Kevin Nealon tweeted out a picture of the two of them during their SNL days, along with his condolences and memories with the caption, "My girlfriend in the 80's and my friend forever, Janners. God, were you talented. Too soon and too sad."

Nealon was just one of a number of stars to react to the tragic news online.

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