Phil Hartman was an absolute legend in the comedy world. He was the star of SNL and he was the funniest member of this cast. His tragic death affected all fans and people involved with this show. Sitcoms have had to deal with real-life deaths of their stars before and it is never easy to write that kind of episode, but I think that Newsradio did a good job here. The episode had some funny moments, but more importantly, everything felt real. The sadness these characters were going through felt real, so yes, we could laugh, but we also struggled to cope with the loss, just like these characters did.
Very well-done episode.