June 13th, 2011
05:16 PM ET
Perhaps this is one of the reasons Justin Timberlake is so often a host on “Saturday Night Live” – even head writer Seth Meyers adores him.
“Timberlake is so good,” Meyers tells the Hollywood Reporter of the singer/actor/designer. “I pale in comparison to him. It's like a butter knife next to a Swiss Army knife.”
And if someone happened to tell him that they agree, it's ok - Meyers says he can handle “SNL’s” critics.
“I think people have ownership of the show, like it's a part of your family and you're allowed to lay into it,” Meyers says. “You would never want to trade that for not having passionate fans. My favorite thing is meeting people who say they hate the show, but they ‘haven't watched it in 30 years.’ That irrational, tough-love hatred - that's the greatest thing.”
But the feedback isn't all negative: When he’s out and about in the city, he does get positive reactions from fans, although it sounds like some of them are just backhanded compliments.
“I do get a lot of criticism that’s not necessarily intended, which is like, ‘I love “Weekend Update,” I can’t stand the rest of the show,’” Meyers tells THR. “And then I have to say, ‘Well, I’m the head writer, so I’m responsible for that. Ah, that’s my fault.’ I do own up.”
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