After four hilarious decades on the air, Saturday Night Live has faced its fair share of controversy. Despite the endless amount of laughs, Saturday Night Live has had to resort to banning multiple celebrities for a variety of different reasons. The following stars were banned from SNL, can you guess who made the list?
1. Chevy Chase – This one may be hard to believe but Chevy Chase is the only celebrity to be banned from SNL that was once a cast member! He has since guest appeared on the show but originally got the boot due to his offensive sketch pitches and continuous verbal abuse of the rest of the crew and cast members.
2. The Replacements – Back in 1986, The Replacements were the musical guest on the show. The first performance went beyond great so they celebrated by getting completely and utterly drunk. Normally this would of been okay but they were scheduled to make another live performance. They were then banned due to being obnoxiously drunk during their second performance.
3. Sinead O’Connor – Sinead O’Connor infamously and unexpectedly changed the lyrics of her song and then proceeded to tear up a picture of Pope John Paul II for everyone to see. The network received an influx of phone calls from people who were watching, therefore, banned her phone the show. Any reruns of the episode show her dress rehearsal performance rather than her very public meltdown.
4. Louise Lasser – Louise Lasser was the first host to ever be banned from Saturday Night Live. Lasser refused to be in any sketch unless she was the only person in it. The only exception was Chevy Chase. Basically, when you refuse to work with people they are not going to want to work with you either.
5. Andy Kaufman – Andy Kaufman’s humor had always been a little suggestive but he drew the line with his “wrestling with women” comments which really angered then-producer Dick Ebersol so he then allowed the audience to vote whether they want him to stay or force him off the show. The final results as 169,186 votes to keep him but 196,544 to get rid of him and he has been gone since.
6. Martin Lawrence – Funny man Martin Lawrence took to the stage and went on a rather inappropriate rant about the female anatomy. His offensive statements and dirty language got him banned from Saturday Night Live for life.
7. Adrian Brody – Back in 2003, Adrian Brody was hosting SNL with musical guest Sean Paul. Brody decided to kick off the show by sporting fake dreads and speaking in a fake Jamaican accent while mocking Sean Paul. The situation got worse when Brody decided to call him by the wrong name when introducing his performance. He was banned due to his obviously disrespectful behavior.
8. Robert Blake – Before he faced some trouble with the law, Robert Blake was considered to be one of the most difficult people to work with on set. It is said that he didn’t work well with the cast or the writers and often had outbursts where he would crumble up his script and resort to name-calling. SNL waved goodbye to Robert Blake for good by banning him once and for all.
9. Frank Zappa – The godfather of weirdo rock hosted the show in 1978 and instead of going along with the lines that were written for him, Zappa simply read the cue cards and continued to remind the viewers that he wasn’t really trying. SNL producers gave him a B for “banned” after his lazy performance.
10. Charles Grodin – Charles Grodin repeatedly missed rehearsals and his performance reflected when the show went live. Not only did he stumble onto the stage but he remained clumsy for the rest of the show, noticeably forgot his lines and threw the cast members off track.
Whether it was due to refusing to get along with the cast and crew or inappropriate remarks, the previously listed celebrities have been banned for life from one of the best and most popular comedy sketch shows on television. Do you think they have a right to be banned or should these musicians and actors be given another chance?