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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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    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 on repeats of the show.

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    After appearing as the 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.

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    Andy Kaufman

    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 had received numerous complaints about the quirky funnyman, leading the network to allow fans to vote via 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.

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    Adrien Brody

    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 the dirty looks and permanent ban from show producer Lorne Michaels.

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    Though a former 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 on Weekend Update even after the ban in 2007.

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