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 from ever appearing on the show again.
After performing the Bob Marley song "War," singer Sinéad O'Connor created one of the most notorious "SNL" moments of all time. The bald beauty started her own protest against the Catholic Church by changing lyrics in the song to talk about child abuse and tearing up a photo of Pope John Paul II at the end of the song. As she told the solemn crowd to "fight the real enemy," the camera panned away. Sinéad O'Connor was never invited back after the infamous incident, which was edited out of repeats of the show.
#124 on The Best Singers of All Timesee more on Sinéad O'Connor
After being slated to host for the April 20, 1991 episode, Steven Seagal went from a top action star to what "SNL" producer Lorne Michaels called the biggest jerk to ever be on the show. Seagal allegedly didn't play nice with the cast and crew, angering Michaels. Seagal nearly was axed in favor of a host-less show and unsurprisingly, was never invited back.
Also Rankedsee more on Steven Seagal
A "SNL" semi-regular at the time, notable comedian Andy Kaufman was banned from the show on November 20, 1982, not by the producers, but by the fans. NBC received numerous complaints about the quirky funny-man, leading the network to allow fans to vote via a 1-900 number if Kaufman should be allowed to remain on the show or be banned for life. Fans spoke and Kaufman never returned to the "Saturday Night Live" again.
#28 on The Most Original Comedianssee more on Andy Kaufman
After scrapping "good" ideas for sketches all week in writer's meetings, actor Adrien Brody went off-script when he hosted "Saturday Night Live" on May 10, 2003. The Oscar winner donned dreadlocks and a pretty bad accent when introducing Jamaican performer Sean Paul, drawing dirty looks and a permanent ban from show producer Lorne Michaels.
Also Rankedsee more on Adrien Brody
Though a former (and popular) original cast member, acclaimed actor Chevy Chase received a soft ban on "Saturday Night Live" back on February 15, 1997. Chase had trouble getting along with the cast members during his numerous hosting gigs and ultimately was banned from returning to host. Despite the ban, Chase returned to his old anchor desk during Weekend Update even after the ban in 2007.
#280 on The Best Actors in Film Historysee more on Chevy Chase
Rage Against The Machine
Appearing on the April 13, 1996, episode hosted by billionaire Steve Forbes, the rock band Rage Against the Machine made their own political statement alongside the then-Republican presidential hopeful. Before performing their hit "Bulls on Parade," the rockers hung upside down American flags from their gear. Crew members stepped in to remove both the flags and the band from the stage, prohibiting them from performing a second song during the show and banning then for life.
After first pointing out the racial makeup of the in-studio audience, stand-up comedian Martin Lawrence tested the patience of the censors, producers, and women around the globe when he went on a rant during his February 19, 1994, monologue. Lawrence shared his views on 90s women, specifically his feelings on their declining feminine hygiene habits. The bit was later removed from repeats of the episode and Lawrence was banned from the series.
#485 on The Best Actors in Film History
#149 on The Funniest People of All Timesee more on Martin Lawrence
As any cast member or guest will tell you, "Saturday Night Live" producer Lorne Michaels has a zero tolerance policy for the use of alcohol and drugs on set. Apparently this was not told to rap group Cypress Hill before their October 2, 1993 musical appearance. Either that or DJ Muggs didn't care when he lit up a joint during their song "I Ain't Goin' Out Like That." Cypress Hill did go out like that, and never returned to the "Saturday Night Live" stage.