Feb. 3, 2024 – Garrett Morris has had quite the Hollywood ride.”Some producers didn’t want a Black cast member but Lorne Michaels knew the show needed one,” Morris, who just received a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame on his 87th birthday, tells PEOPLE. “I dealt with some racism there, but never with Lorne. He doesn’t have a racist bone in his body.”

Morris says that during his five-year tenure on the show, he was also heavily addicted to cocaine — not unlike his costar John Belushi.

“We lost one of the greatest talents in the country,” Morris says of his former costar’s untimely death. “But John and I never really partied together. I was more introverted, After they wrapped up the show, usually they’d all go to a bar but I’d just go home. I’m not sure the cocaine helped with being introverted.”