15 People Who Have Been Banned from SNL People
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15 People Who Have Been Banned from SNL

As these banned "SNL" hosts and guests proved the hard way, on live television, anything can happen. These fine actors, comedians, and musicians each did something so profane, outrageous, or just plain rude that they were banned from the sketch comedy institution of "Saturday Night Live" for life. Which actors, comedians, and musicians have been banned from "SNL"?

It might be a surprise that in over 40 years of the show being on the air, only a little over a dozen of the hundreds of performers and guests have been banned. From Sinéad O'Connor's infamous incident with the photo of the Pope, to actors like Steven Seagal acting like jerks, these stars are all part of an elite group banned from "Saturday Night Live."

It's not necessarily a group they wanted to be a part of, but their outrageous behavior, either on stage or behind the scenes (or both), got all these people on the "Saturday Night Live" banned list. Read through the list below to find out if your favorite "SNL" host or musical guest has been banned.
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  1. 11
    Comedian and actor Milton Berle is undoubtably a legend, but that ego also jumped the shark when he hosted on April 14, 1979. Berle took control of the whole show, spending his time upstaging the cast members and writers. Described as a "a comedy train accident in slow motion, on a loop," Berle also went off-script during the telecast, leading to his ban from ever hosting the show again.

  2. 12
    Appearing as both the host and musical guest for the October 21, 1978 episode, Frank Zappa made few friends in his last "SNL" appearance before his ban. Zappa allegedly didn't mesh with the cast and crew in the preparation week, then mugged for the camera and made it obvious that he was reading cue cards during the broadcast. Not only was Zappa banned from the "SNL" stage after the stunt, but most of the cast refused to interact with the performer in the "goodnight" segment to end the show.

  3. 13
    Singer Elvis Costello spent over two decades on the "SNL" banned list after going rogue during a December 17, 1977 appearance as a musical guest. Performing with The Attractions, Costello stopped the band moments into their song "Less Than Zero" to start playing "Radio Radio," which was critical of mainstream broadcasting. Though he was banned from most television for years after the stunt, Costello eventually returned to "SNL" in 1999, when he interrupted the Beastie Boys and performed "Radio Radio" again.

  4. 14
    Before he was a political television commentator, Charles Grodin was a comedian and actor who pissed off more than a few people during his October 29, 1977 "SNL" hosting gig. Grodin ad-libbed much of his performance, and not well, leading up to an incident during a sketch where Grodin broke character and caused a stir.

  5. 15
    As the first person ever banned from Saturday Night Live, actress Louise Lasser was described as incoherent during her hosting appearance in the first season of the show on July 24, 1976. As if showing up to host completely lit wasn't bad enough, according to production assistant Neil Levy, Lasser was also found crawling through the "SNL" offices looking for drugs.

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