In 1980, Michaels left the series to explore other opportunities. He was replaced byJean Doumanian, who was replaced by Ebersol after a season of bad reviews. Ebersol ran the show until 1985, when Michaels returned; Michaels has remained since then. Many ofSNL's cast found national stardom while appearing on the show, and achieved success in film and television, both in front of and behind the camera. Others associated with the show, such as writers, have gone on to successful careers creating, writing, or starring in TV and film.
Throughout four decades on air,Saturday Night Livehas received a number of awards, including 50Primetime Emmy Awards, twoPeabody Awards, and threeWriters Guild of America Awards. In 2000, it was inducted into theNational Association of Broadcasters Hall of Fame. It was ranked tenth inTV Guide's"50 Greatest TV Shows of All Time" list, and in 2007 it was listed as one ofTimemagazine's "100 Best TV Shows of All-TIME". As of 2012, it has received 156Emmy nominations, the most received by any TV show. The live aspect of the show has resulted in several controversies and acts of censorship, with mistakes and intentional acts of sabotage by performers as well as guests.