Dan Levy reveals who really started the 'SNL' dressing room note trend

"I felt the need to clarify this"

Daniel Levy of "Schitt's Creek" speaks during the Pop TV segment of the 2020 Winter TCA Press Tour at The Langham Huntington, Pasadena on January 13, 2020 in Pasadena, California.
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Dan Levy wowed us as a creator and actor in the award-winning comedy Schitt's Creek. After leaving us laughing with his debut performance as an SNL host, Dan was also applauded for leaving the following host, Regina King, a sweet note on the dressing room mirror. 

Dan's sweet act of kindness landed him in the headlines, and other hosts began to continue this tradition. Regina was spotted leaving the next host, Regé-Jean Page, a note, and then Regé-Jean left one for the following host, Nick Jonas.

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Since receiving so much praise for the note, which read, "Regina! You got this! Much love, Dan," Dan decided to clear the air and set the record straight on how the trend actually started.

In an interview with TODAY, he told the outlet, "I feel the need to clarify this...I didn't start [the tradition]. I kind of continued it." He went on to describe that the inspiration came from when Woody Harrelson left Phoebe Waller-Bridge a note back in 2019.

"So I asked if I could leave a note for Regina because the process is such a strange experience. Strange, wonderful, and intimidating experience that like, a little note from the person that had just done it felt like such a sweet vote of confidence," Dan further explained.

Dan has been a rising star after the success of Schitt's Creek, which he co-created with his father, Eugene Levy. The show went on to sweep nine Emmys in its final season and seven primetime awards marking it as one of the most award-winning comedy shows in a single year.

In the interview, Dan also talked about getting the chance to work closely with his father, saying, "You have to really respect the person you're working with, and I think when you do, it makes for a very easy go of things. I have so long admired what my dad had done and—I think he really let me have space to find my own footing."

Rylee Johnston

Rylee is a U.S. news writer who previously worked for woman&home and My Imperfect Life covering lifestyle, celebrity, and fashion news. Before joining woman&home and My Imperfect Life, Rylee studied journalism at Hofstra University where she explored her interests in world politics and magazine writing. From there, she dabbled in freelance writing covering fashion and beauty e-commerce for outlets such as the TODAY show, American Spa Magazine, First for Women, and Woman’s World.