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    Johnny Knoxville Explained Why He Turned Down Being A Cast Member On "Saturday Night Live" And, You Know What, I Get It

    "I bet on myself and I bet on my friends."

    You know Johnny Knoxville from the iconic Jackass franchise, including the latest film Jackass Forever (which, by the way, is very good).

    Knoxville outstretches his arms

    But you might not have known that, while filming the pilot of the original Jackass TV show, Knoxville also was offered a chance to be a cast member on Saturday Night Live.

    Knoxville talks into a microphone while sitting in a chair

    During a recent appearance on The Drew Barrymore Show, Knoxville revealed why he ultimately turned down the SNL gig to continue on with Jackass.

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    The Drew Barrymore Show / Via youtube.com

    "I was really honored that Lorne Michaels offered me five minutes on the show each week to do what I do, videos and what not," he explained. "And I had to choose because, one thing, I was going on to an established show where I would have little control."

    Knoxville smiles and laughs

    "At the end of the day it’s like, ‘Am I going to go into a situation where I have no control or am I going to bet on myself and bet on my friends, and go that direction?’”

    Knoxville smiles while wearing glasses

    “Ultimately, I bet on myself and I bet on my friends, which could’ve been a disaster. But luckily it worked out. And some would argue it was still a disaster.”

    Knoxville yells into a walkie talkie while Ehren is tied to a chair

    Four movies later, it's been anything but. Jackass Forever is in theaters now. Go see it!

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    Watch the interview here.