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Here's the Thing: Lorne Michaels & Erica Jong

Lorne Michaels is one of the most influential figures in American entertainment. Alec goes to Rockefeller Center to visit Michaels in his office - the same office he's had since 1975, when he created Saturday Night Live

Michaels went on to launch the careers of some of the biggest names in comedy: Belushi, Aykroyd, Gilda Radner, Bill Murray, Chris Farley, Chris Rock, Will Ferrell, Tina Fey … the list goes on and on and on.

"The only way you can manage creative people is with very loose reigns," says Michaels.  He says he works with "people at the point of their career where nothing matters but the work … people just completely devote themselves to the show."

Lorne Michaels is the rare producer in that he's truly involved in all aspects of production, yet he says when he does his job right, he leaves no fingerprints.

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Alec talks with writer Erica Jong and her daughter Molly Jong-Fast about sex, divorce and the impact on sexuality on young women today.

Erica has been through 3 divorces - she's on her fourth marriage.   
She says  "Divorce was the hardest thing [she] ever went through … Divorce is terrible. Divorce is difficult. We have no rules for it.  
It's so incredibly painful.

Molly - still on her first marriage - says she's learned "marriage is incredibly hard work."

Molly and Erica spar about the legacy of the feminist movement - but Molly concludes that her mother's own legacy is about being honest.

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Monday, December 31, 2012
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