15 People Who Have Been Banned from SNL People

15 People Who Have Been Banned from SNL

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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.

It's probably 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 the infamous incident with the photo of the Pope from singer Sinéad O'Connor to actors like Steven Seagal acting like "the biggest jerk" ever, these stars are all part of an elite group banned from Saturday Night Live.
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    Comedian and actor Milton Berle is undoubtably a legend, but that ego also jumped the shark when he hosted Saturday Night Live 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.

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    Appearing as both the guest 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.

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    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, instead. Though he was barred from most television for years after the stunt, Costello eventually returned to Saturday Night Live in 1999, interestingly enough where he interrupted the Beastie Boys and performed "Radio Radio" again.

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    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, hosting gig on Saturday Night Live. 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.

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    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 was not bad enough, according to production assistant Neil Levy, Lasser was also found crawling through the SNL offices looking for drugs.

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