“Saturday Night Live,” is an awesome late-night TV program that has been in existence since October 1975. The show is responsible for several discussions, ranging from lifestyle to politics.
The show is also responsible for guest-starring hundreds of famous people including comedians, artistes, actors, fashion designers, CEOs, and many more.
Although there is a long list of incredible appearances on the show, sometimes, these guest appearances do not go as planned. Below is a list of famous personalities who have been permanently banned from appearing on SNL.
1. Steven Seagal
Steven Seagal has never been known for his smiling features, and while he appears to be subtle in nature, he can be a difficult person to work with.
According to reports, the action-movie star made a lot of unwarranted comments about the cast and writing staff. In his opinion, they had done a poor job with the lines.
Even when he tried to correct these lines as a host on the show, his ideas were not good enough. One of the cast members, Tim Meadows, complained about Seagal’s approach and behavior. This later earned him a ban from the show till further notice.
2. David Bowie
David Bowie was given a three-year ban from SNL in 1997 after a display of uncontrolled behavior.
Unknown to everyone, the actor had an ongoing feud with the show’s executive producer, Lorne Michaels. Initially, he agreed to a number of comic sketches and performances in the show, however, he was not satisfied with how the producers wanted him to pronounce ‘flan.’
In an interview, Bowie mentioned that he wanted to get on Michaels’ nerves, so he instructed the band to play “Scary Monsters,” instead of “Telling Lies,” which was the original song choice.
Bowie knew that the song choice would get to Michaels because he once dealt with a past life issue.
3. Cypress Hill
The well known Californian hip-hop group, known as “Cypress Hill,” gained popularity in the 90s, and became the first hip-hop group to sell multi-platinum albums worldwide.
Back in 1993, weed was considered an illegal substance in the state. However, during a live broadcast, one of the band’s members Dj Muggs lit up a joint and smoked it on stage.
Another member, Sen Dog explained to “Village Voice” that SNL told them to do whatever they wanted except smoke on stage. He also said that their management and friends told them not to attempt it, but Muggs was keen on making a statement.
The group was banned from the show totally.
4. Robert Blake
Actor Robert Blake was given an opportunity to host SNL in 1982, and unfortunately, he took the role rather too seriously.
He was not only abusive to the cast members, he rudely disregarded the work of the show’s writer.
SNL writer, David Sheffield disclosed during an interview that Blake was the worst host the show had ever seen in his opinion. He went on to say that a writer known as Gary Kroege. handed Blake a script titled “Breezy Philosopher.”
After taking the time to read through it, Blake said; “I hope you got a tough a**hole pal, ’cause you’re going to have to wipe your a** with that one.”
5. Martin Lawrence
Martin Lawrence has always had a lively personality, but at the wrong time, this overly joyous nature can lead to an erratic and unnecessary attitude that people would not stand for, no matter how much they love him.
In 1994, Lawrence was invited to host SNL and the first day, went without a hitch. Later on, the comedian went off-script in the middle of the show when he spoke about Lorena Bobbit cutting off her husband’s private part.
This was accompanied by a series of jokes about male and female private parts that were way over the rules of the show. This unwarranted behavior led to complaints from several sponsors and viewers.
Ultimately, Lawrence was handed a permanent ban from the show.